Why editing is NOT about being ‘a bit OCD’


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By Louise Harnby (fiction editor) and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor), Louise Harnby (fiction editor), and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor). Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

We explore the term ‘OCD’ and why it has no place as a marker of attention to detail for the professional editor.

Listen to find out more about

  • The difference between character traits of orderliness and the lived experience of OCD
  • What is OCD and how does it affect people?
  • Why OCD is a noun and what that means for how we use the term
  • How OCD might manifest
  • How flippant and colloquial references to OCD diminish lived experience
  • Intention versus perception of harm
  • Editing text: querying rather than prescribing problems and solutions
  • Does fiction offer more scope for use of harmful language?
  • Alternative words and phrases
  • Helping clients create engaging rather than distracting messages

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Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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