Fun Fridays – November 22, 2019

I totally would have done this to my daughters if I had thought of it.

It is also a bit of a metaphor for clarity in our writing. If the reader misunderstands it whose fault is it? The reader? The writer? Or simply blame the editor, that nameless person who labors in the shadows. Even better, blame the literary agent!!!

Thanks for the link: Trissina Kear (my daughter)

12 Responses to Fun Fridays – November 22, 2019

  1. Deborah Raney November 22, 2019 at 6:17 am #

    That was AWESOME! And that’s a great dad! Sounds like something my husband would have done with our four kids. 🙂

  2. MaryAnn Diorio November 22, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    Love it! It certainly makes the point! 🙂

  3. Roberta Sarver November 22, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    I did something like that once while teaching middle grade kids.. They tried giving me instructions on how to tie my shoe. I sat on top of my desk, took off my shoe and did everything they said. We got a lot of laughs and it made a point. Thanks for this fun video.

  4. sharonkconnell November 22, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    This would make a great advertisement for an editor. LOL The reason we need critiquers, editors, and to reread everything we write. LOL

  5. janetanncollinsJanet Ann Collins November 22, 2019 at 9:57 am #

    So funny! That guy must be a great father.

  6. Judi Clarke November 22, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Great video! I learned this lesson after returning from a writers’ conference. The conference produced a book of pieces submitted by each writer who attended. We edited our pieces in critique groups through the week and submitted our final drafts on the last day. A team of conference staff made final edits and had the book produced. I submitted a piece that was particularly personal and dear to me about a traumatic time of fear and wrestling with God. When I received my book in the mail, I was mortified that the editors had made a change that put words in my mouth and resulted in a miscommunication of my message. I was devastated. They missed the point. I was ashamed that the piece was in all those books circulating out there. And then, I realized that if I had written more clearly, the editors would have understood my experience and message, and they wouldn’t have made an edit that communicated something so different. I still felt awful that the wrong words were out there in print, but I knew it was my fault.

  7. Vicki Deem November 22, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    I love this! Reminds me of trying to write a policy or a grant that won’t be misinterpreted. As for the question, blame the writer, the editor, or the agent, but it is never the reader’s fault.

  8. Kay DiBianca November 22, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    I say blame the writer, the editor, *and* the agent. ?

  9. Sister Georjean November 23, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    This is great!!! Good family interaction, good nutrition, good instructions about being specific!
    Wow I think you covered it… and you get to eat the evidence!!! Terrific!!!

  10. Kathy November 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    so funny! The kids’ reactions show lots of frustration, but they keep trying!

  11. raincountrywriter November 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    This is hysterical! Need to try this with the grandkids!

  12. claire o'sullivan November 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    I do believe this describes my writing and speaking life perfectly.

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