Do It In Private… Or Not At All
Courtesy and manners suggest telling a fellow writer about mistakes in private.
As often is the case, while I ate lunch I perused Medium. A headline caught my eye; “Medium Writers! I Am An Editor And I WILL Highlight your Typos” by Roz Warren.
My immediate response was “Oh hell no.” Then I saw the subtitle, “You’re Welcome.” For a Midwesterner, there are so many ways to take a ”you’re welcome, ” especially when no one has expressed gratitude. None of them are good.
At best it comes off as sarcastic. At worst condescending.
That’s not to say I believe either of those things of Roz. Quite the opposite, after stewing on this for a bit, I looked at her profile and am a huge fan of her writing. She truly is brilliant.
That doesn’t mean I want her commenting or highlighting mistakes made on a piece publicly. That is not ok with me. Frankly, it’s insulting.
For the record, I did think maybe she did a satirical piece for our amusement. It does not appear to be the case from reading the responses. If I’m wrong, I will eat crow. It’s happened before.
Why does this trigger me so? For starters, I write on my phone. Good grammar SHOULD be the same across all tools but sometimes a stray comma will disappear. Or in my case, I won’t use any at all, much to the dismay of both the editors who read my articles before publication.
That’s right, my pieces go through two editors, Cameo Contreras and another friend plus Grammarly. If a mistake makes it through all that then it deserves to live. Let it live in peace.
I ended a friendship because she pointed out mistakes very publicly. It upset me, especially as I had asked her to do so privately. Since she couldn’t respect that request, she was put on hiatus. Inside joke.
It is about respect. Maybe some writers are cool with having their mistakes shown to the public like a deranged Miss Grammar. My mistakes are a tad more reclusive and prefer not to wear a bathing suit for all to see.
Of course, Roz could come in and make me eat crow, like Nancy Pelosi did….
And my mistakes were told to lose a few pounds, I am certain they will need a bathing suit.