WHO IS THE NITPICKER?
Editing and proofreading. Two overlapping skills that complement each other beautifully, however, all too often unappreciated.
If you read our blog, you will see ‘The Nitpicker’ popping up on a couple of posts. I’m sure you have thought, ‘The who?’ So, lend me your ears and I will tell, if you have a mind to read on.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
From an early age, the English language fascinated me. Consequently, reading and writing became a passion. My journey as a word nerd began as a teenager. I joined various writing groups and penned articles on a multitude of topics while honing my craft.
Then, into the legal sector. During a career spanning many years, I developed a deeper passion for the intricacies of the English language. The different parts of speech, grammar, punctuation, word roots and affixes buried themselves under my skin. As well as my usual remit of legal work, I undertook countless editing and proofreading tasks.
I learned how editing is made up of different structures (I’ll write about the process in another blog). I became artful in picking out typos, flaws, inconsistencies, and grammatical gaffes. Those who think the role is an easy one, think again! Editing and proofreading is a proficient job requiring many attributes. It takes drive, dedication, and enthusiasm and that’s just the beginning.
YEARS LATER, AND STILL SMITTEN
I now have 27 years’ experience of the seven Cs. Clear, coherent, complete, concise, consistent, correct, credible content. I have a great affinity with the written word and love what I do.
Am I proud to be a nitpicker and word nerd? Hell, yes! But, I don’t split hairs for the sake of it. I admire text that is easy to read and have encountered many a writer whose content requires little nitpicking. In contrast, I have also shuddered at content that would have jazzed up a compost heap admirably!
Every writer is different. Accordingly, every editor is too. Writers have their own style, editors follow the same pattern. I don’t use a sledgehammer when nitpicking. Constructive criticism, advice, and discussion are vital. An editor should not muffle a writer’s voice.
MY ACHIEVEMENTS AND CURRENT STATUS QUO
I’ve achieved success in editing and proofreading a range of projects including:
- political flyers
- legal and environmental science assignments
- legal documents
- medical works
- magazine/newspaper articles
- short stories
- works of non-fiction
I have also composed style guides, an essential tool in the publishing and literary world.
My writing jaunts include:
- penning several short stories
- drafting magazine articles
- creating blog posts
- composing web content
- collaborating on chick lit, dark satire, and horror works
I’m also outlining the first in a series of eight YA fantasy novels and hope to bring the first to fruition around midsummer 2019.
My attention to detail means delivering quality results time after time. I edit and proofread on both paper and screen using British or American English. I engage with clients. When you hire me, you get a sociable, skilled professional, not a CV.
NOT ALWAYS A NIGGLING NERD!
When not writing or picking nits, I enjoy:
- comedy clubs
- quiz shows
- dining out
- the great outdoors
I am animal qwackers, enjoy a nice drop of wine (especially red), and have an infectious, zany sense of humour. I am extremely sociable and relish being in the company of family and friends, delivering my own wacky take on life.
Oh, and as part of my insatiable hunger for words, I try to add a new gem to my stock every day. Now, that’s what I call a devoted word nerd!
You can check out our editing and proofreading services here.
Until next time …