Julie & Julia - A writer/editor jugalbandi
My best sentences! Why is it always the beautifully worded sentences that get the axe! (Or in this case, the red-ink slash) Why do I need an editor?
The writer-editor relationship is often seen as adversarial, with one holding more power over the other.
What happens if the two think of it as a jugalbandi, an act where both artists are leads and on equal footing?
Let's look at one such story. Julia (name changed because it's catchy) is an editor who views editing as a collaboration with the writer to produce the best version of the content they are capable of. Julia meets Julie (name changed for the love of alliteration), a writer who sees editing as something that benefits the work that has her own name on it. What happens then? Will the twain meet?
In this presentation, a writer and an editor share real-life experiences about how content can be taken to another level by close collaboration.
Dhenuka is a technical editor with Siemens PLM, Pune. She has a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She has previously worked as an editor, a journalist, a technical writer, an information architect, and a content strategist. As a technical writer/editor, she has worked in companies following both the Agile and Waterfall methodologies and in the user experience team. Other than English grammar, she loves learning new languages, typography, and football (not necessarily in that order).
Anusha is a Senior Technical Communicator with Siemens PLM Software. She has been with Siemens for the last 10 years. Previously, she has worked with Lionbridge and Keystone Solutions Pvt. Ltd. She has dabbled in both the Waterfall and Agile methodologies. She has authored courseware content as well as technical documents. She enjoys writing and feels that every day is a new learning experience for her.