They Say I Say

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According to the article, in (Nadell, Langan, & Comodromos, 2011), “Talk about Editing”, by, David Shipley, pg. 292-294, talks about Op-Ed essays that are edited. I like the fact, that once it is edited it will not be published unless, it is approved by the writer. One way to respond to an author’s work when editing, is letting them know that a certain area of the essay not sounding right or is confusing. I agree that it is a good idea to have the writers work edited before it is sent out, because you may make some mistakes that were missed. When I am writing a letter or email at work, sometimes I like to have someone look at it prior to sending it out. This also helps me to understand my writing and what I need to improve.

In reading, “They say/I say”, by, Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2010), pg. 55-67, it talks about three different ways to respond. The complexity, subtlety, and originality of your response are more likely to stand out and be noticed if readers have a sense of where you stand relative to any ideas you’ve sited (pg. 57). The templates that are provided will make it easier to start the discussions when needing to respond to another writer's work. I think writers that work together, to edit’s each other’s work, would help each other gain knowledge and enhance their writing skills. When editing a person’s essay they are editing the work, and it is nothing personal towards the writer.


Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2010). “They Say/ I Say” (2nd edition ed.). Chapter 4, (pg. 55-67)

Nadell, J., Langan, J.,& Comodromos, E. A. (2011). “Talk About Editing”. In The Longman Writer (pg. 292-294). Pearson
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