What is true with all of these projects is my lack of knowledge base in the subject matter. Evan’s piece was replete with words and concepts totally alien to me. Steve is writing about characters from Martin Luther’s life with whom I have only a passing acquaintance. Rich Melheim’s Let’s Kill Sunday School was filled with new material; ditto Don Erickson’s Letters to Grace Song.
In these cases, I lean heavily on my knowledge of basic grammar rules, and an innate sense of flow in a piece. Not sure how helpful my “comma needed here!” and “you used that word three times in this paragraph!” are, but my editees have been very gracious and, as far as I know, have taken my suggestions to heart.
But it’s not just editing. Last year I wrote two grant proposals for an extremely talented and prolific woman named AIix Lambert. I read through, and boiled down, her vast CV as an artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker. I really enjoyed this work (and learned a heck of a lot about Russian prison tattoos) and hope to do more (though I admit grant writing is easier when the applicant has a solid gold resume ).
“world class” and “mellifluous” to describe performances I’d never see.
So send me your scribblings! I will happily mark them up!! Pitch me your writing project, be it sports writing (well, maybe not sports writing), restaurant review or film criticism! Always up for a challenge!!