I’ve covered a lot of ground about editing in the last weeks.
This week I put a question to you.
Can you read for enjoyment and edit a document simultaneously?
I’ll say up front that I can’t.
I either read a book for pleasure—in which case I may see errors, but I’m not looking for them. Or I have my editor’s hat on and I am looking for them.
Over the years I’ve noticed another difference. When I read for pleasure I retain much of what I read long term. When I edit I become intimately involved with the subject matter for the duration of the editing process only. I tend to forget most of what I’ve worked on within days of finishing it.