I love editing—finding and fixing errors, making something sound better than it did before it crossed my desk. So when a friend asked if I’d proofread her manuscript, I said, “Yes, please! Send it when you’re ready!”
But then, I started the piece. And I found that my ability to be confident in my own skills has plummeted so fast, it almost fell over the edge.
Whoever or whomever? Should a comma go there or not? That looks like a comma splice, but it is really? I’m pretty sure that adjective isn’t hyphenated, but I better go look it up anyway. Should that word be capitalized or not? I think that’s a dangling participle . . .
What I realized, as I made my way through the first quarter of the book, is that while I am honing my craft and finding my feet in the proofreading world, I also must pay attention to correcting myself. And by that, I mean that I must correct my vision, my pathway, the trajectory I’m on right now. I need to be certain of my strengths—English grammar being one of them—and keep moving forward with this piece. Even if it means constantly adjusting my view and my beliefs about myself.
Challenges involving our own selves and personal growth are always hard, but also worthwhile. I’m being optimistic that when I’m done with the book, I’ll be able to say, “I did this!” and “Send the next one over, please!”