Are you a compulsive copy editor? Win your own red pen!
You don’t have to be a professional to be a compulsive copy editor. You edit because you can’t help yourself.
You can’t read anything–shampoo bottles, cereal boxes, signs, great works of literature, lousy works of literature, letters from your kids’ schools, the newspaper–without finding mistakes, or at least things you would have written differently. If you’re voluntarily reading a blog called the Red Pen, you probably are a compulsive copy editor.
Not long ago I was walking in some pretty woods, on a ridge overlooking a pond. I spotted this sign and had to take a picture:
Leave it to Beaver
Here you can see a Dam built by a Beaver. The Dam will flood the stream creating a habitat and filtering runoff entering the Potomac River.
The Beaver lives in a nearby lodge and will slap it’s tail on the water when it is alarmed to scare away predators.
Did you know?
The nose and ears of beavers have valves that close when under water. The beaver’s front teeth continue to grow; only constant chewing keeps them short!
Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch.
What jumps out at you?
Leave a comment to let me know one thing you’d change. You don’t have to catch everything–just the thing that most offends your eye.
If I like your answer, you may win an official copy editor’s red pen from the Red Pen blog. (I’ll ask you to send contact info privately to email@example.com.)
I’ll share my edits in another blog posting in a couple of days.