That isn’t to say copyediting isn’t weird (I could tell you stories), but editing one’s own work brings up a variety of questions that one has to answer herself.
For example, yesterday I spent more time than I should have deciding whether the Ents should stay in my manuscript. (I also am unsure whether Ents is uppercase or lowercase, but that’s a job for the professional editor side of my brain.) The Ents appear right after I mention The Hobbit. A person might conjecture that Ents appear in The Hobbit. But it isn’t clear, and two of my non-Tolkein-reading friends stumbled at them.
How many times do I have to qualify my dog’s name with “the dog”? One might think she were a human (or a tree person). She thought she was a human. Do people remember dog names from chapter to chapter?
What is the name for paper that is lined like notebook paper, but has a vertical line a third of the way across the page rather than at the left margin? Does it have a name? What is it for?
When I asked my spouse about the paper, he said, “What do I look like, Google?” And I said, “You know a lot of random facts. I was hoping that was one of them.” Spouse fail.
What questions do you ask while editing? Do I have to introduce Ents?
4 thoughts on “Editing is Weird”
It’s ENT-irely up to you. Hahaha. Wait, you’re not laughing ?!
I’m laughing on the inside.
Ents do not appear in The Hobbit.
Ents do appear in other noted Tolkien works.
You are right. Shoot. But do you think that a mere reference to “The Hobbit” might suggest that the Ents are Tolkien characters? My credibility is shattered.