When someone is critical of a post or ones work that is their opinion, but it can be a learning experience. A critique of your writing can make you better although it can sting at first. I am not the greatest blogger but I try to be open, friendly and informed as much as I […]
This post was inspired by Tony’s post about critique, linked above. I’d commented about my experience with critique whilst studying English and Journalism:
Critique can be a hard thing.
When I was in undergrad, studying journalism at the time, I was doing an internship for the alumni magazine. Also, I was taking a grammar and editing course simultaneously, so proper punctuation and grammar was being branded into the inside of my skull. My internship “boss” handed me a stack of articles to go through and copy edit for punctuation, wording, etc.
I realized she didn’t know how to use a semi-colon. And she used it frequently. So, when I copy edited, I corrected every instance and on a bright green sticky note on the front of the stack, explained that she was using semi-colons wrong.
She wasn’t happy. And she personalized it. Deeply.
What’s funny is I mentioned the whole incident to the professor of my grammar and editing class, and evidently this whole misuse of semi-colons within the alumni mag was an ongoing joke within the English department
…. obviously had way too much time on their hands.
I had a hard time with critique, too. Now I’m at the point where, with work, I’m just like “show me what I did wrong and I’ll fix it.”
Gotta let it roll off your back.
Now I’m lost in nostalgia of my English major days.
I tend to write very concisely and very technical, and often write like I talk.
Whilst an English major, I’ve learned to hate the word “that”. We were encouraged remove it from our repertoire and focus on writing concisely and not as “wordy”. This helped a great deal with my work in criminology and technical writing.
Because 90% of the time, it’s used unnecessarily:
- The test that she took was so difficult that she began to sweat.
- The test she took was so difficult, she began to sweat.
- The same girl that we saw on the bus.
- The same girl we saw on the bus.
- People say that they saw a ghost.
- People say they saw a ghost.
- He knew that they understood the rules.
- He knew they understood the rules.
I could do this all day.