image courtesy of

Ever find yourself with something to say and later realize that what you meant is not quite how you delivered it? Oh crap. I have done this and sometimes with great embarassment.

The same applies to writing.  At work, I’ve learned to write important emails and save them as a draft; coming back later to re-read what I’ve drafted helps me to edit and clarify my commentary.  Usually, I edit out 3/4 of what was written and often, I start over.

The headlines below were forwarded to me via email so I can’t credit the author .. but I would if I knew who it was.

Regardless, while many made me chuckle, most cause me to ponder the importance of pausing – saving – and reviewing once more before hitting the “publish” or “send” buttons.

Actual (poorly-written) Headlines

  • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
  • Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
  • Include Your Children when Baking Cookies
  • Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
  • Stolen Painting Found by Tree
  • Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years at Checkout Counter
  • War Dims Hope for Peace
  • If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
  • Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
  • Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
  • Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
  • Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
  • Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge

How about you? Do you find yourself carefully editing your words?

Categories: Determination, Family, Forgiveness, Friendship, Home, Life, Opinion, Personal, Self Discovery, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Work, Writing | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments

Post navigation

10 thoughts on “Self-editing

  1. “Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures” is my favorite.

  2. Oh, those are good! And yes, I frequently do the draft thing, both for editing of the wording, and to review spelling. I hate to have spelling mistakes in my emails or blog…not that I’m a perfectionist…what would Flylady say?!
    Thanks for the chuckle!

    • Exactly Sheila! I try to drill into my boys the importance of READING what they wrote b/c they could have something spelled right but have the wrong word… Thanks for your comment! 🙂 MJ

  3. I do self-edit and it’s still never enough. My new, second NF book is out in April and it was read by me, five “first readers”, my editor (several times), her assistant, then several more “first readers” — and as I read the galley last week I thought “oh shit!” as the first review (a good one!) came in and said it was “occasionally repetitious”….and it is. Sigh.

    It’s very hard, even with all those vigilant eyes, to see the forest for the trees!

    • Dear Broadside, like you, I hate those moments of “oh crap” when I realize that, despite my best efforts, I’ve sent something out that is less than my best effort. Ergh. But .. we all make mistakes and I try to just get over it and get on with it. Congrats on writing a book, how cool is that! 🙂 Cheers MJ

  4. I am giggling about the two sisters who spent 18 years at a check-out counter!

    I have a habit of proof-reading everything I write before sending or publishing. Something always looks different the second or even third time I read it through and proof-reading gives me a chance to express myself better and catch those embarrassing mistakes.

  5. Fabulous article. Thanks for the laugh 🙂

Please share your thoughts:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.


Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...



%d bloggers like this: