I was very fortunate to receive more copyediting work recently, which I really enjoy. Part of the pleasure comes not only from making someone else’s writing nice-nice, but also in learning more about grammar and structure. I often find that a quick edit takes a while longer because I make corrections but then turn to the internet to find out why what I know is correct and what the client had is not.
I edited this copy, for a media release, yesterday. It looks like I’ve made a host of amendments, which I have, but many of these were also punctuation corrections and fixing things like capital letters (or lack thereof).
With each edit that I do, I’m learning more about grammar, which is very much to the benefit of my own writing.