I’ve been asked this question three times in the past two weeks.
“Why do you use a blue pen when you edit your galleys? It’s supposed to be red ink, right?”
No. Not traditionally. Three reasons.
- First, red pens are a cliche and writers try to avoid cliches.
- Second, red pens conjure the image of hard-nosed grammar teachers (or at least they do for me).
I respect grammar though proper grammar and good writing are hardly synonymous. They don’t always take each other to the dance. It allÂ depends on which band is playing.
- But the third and most important reason for not using red ink is Read more…