Wednesday, August 24, 2005

slow progress

I had a pretty good bout of writing just now - I'm sure that the powers that be will have all sorts of changes they want made, but it was nice to reread what'd I'd written and see several pages, all of them essentially on track.

Thanks to spending so many hours reading my students' prose I'm now one of the folks who compulsively notices errors in punctuation and spelling in everyday life. You'd think I could do this with my own prose. Nope. The advisor (may he live forever) thinks I need to proof-read more effectively. (sighs)

Now, now - no comments about my many typographical errors in your comment boxes. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.


Rachel said...
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Rachel said...

Actually, before I even finished the sentence that starts your second paragraph, or read the rest of your post, I thought "Ah, it's so nice to read a post written by someone who knows how to make a plural possessive!"

And it is ten times harder to see the errors in your own work, becuase when you re-read, you read what you meant to say, not what you wrote. Unless you trick yourself by reading the thing backwards, sentence by sentence.

Rachel said...

Case in point: that first comment was deleted because when I reread it, I realized I had included a misplaced modifier. I'm such an English teacher, sometimes.

Hugh said...

Now that it's coming around to school-time again, maybe your writing will kick into the gear that you want.

In fact, I had ended that previous sentence "...gear that you want it to be." Looking back, I see that the final three words were superflous.

Rob said...

Hey - congrats on making steady progress! Even if you feel "slow" at least you're moving. I think it's great that you've found a groove!