Friday, February 08, 2013
I'm quite proud of the way I write. Generally I consider my style interesting, clear and fun. So when I submit an article for our newsletter at work, I understand that it might need to be shortened, but I'd rather do it than have it done for me. Even if most of my language is retained, I think the attitude changes based on who did the editing.
So... when I get back the adjusted article and she's changed my Star Trek joke to a Valentine's day joke and nipped and tucked, I couldn't just leave the article like that. Fine, you want to be thematic? OK, I can live with that. Go for the VDay joke. But no WAY am I allowing you to change my article to reorient to "corporate good".
What a bunch of these people (Program Managers) aren't getting about the whole initiative to improve company morale is that it needs to be firmly in the morale zone, not the "efficiency" zone. If it feels insincere or oriented on getting "more" out of employees, those who have the lowest morale will become even MORE jaded! *aargh!* (rant over)
So I HAD to go back and re-orient the article back to a happy "hey! Here we are!"... I just tweaked like 4 sentences, but that was enough to put it back into my own words.
I'd love to pretend that she'd totally screwed it up and that I was completely justified in my mini freak-out when I received the editor's changes... but really, if my name is going to be on something, I want it to be my words. MINE. Words are kind of what I do. I talk, I write. Do you need me to present? Give me the info, and I'm down. Need someone to debate? In. So when someone edits my words, I can't just take that edit at face value, I must then edit the edit. Oof.
Yep. When it comes to writing, I'm kindof anal-retentive.