VIDEO for Writers: “The The Impotence of Proofreading” by TAYLOR MALI

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This week’s video was suggested by author, Alica Mckenna Johnson. Thank you! I LURVED it!


‪”The The Impotence of Proofreading” by TAYLOR MALI‬


What are your thoughts, opinions (not onions!) about proofreading? What tips do you have for other writers?


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9 Responses

  1. Alica says:

    I love Taylor Mali- I’ve watched this video many times and I laugh every time. I’m glad it worked for your blog 🙂
    So my advice- get a critique group- in person if you can. Being able to talk things through- why something didn’t work, ways to make it better, etc. is invaluable. Don’t go with people who just praise you but really critique your work so you can have the best book possible. Also you can not edit your own work- always have someone else read it over for you!!

  2. Carrie says:

    Oh my goodness…this guy is hysterical! Who is he? Hard to imagine him speaking “nomaly.”

  3. Beth Barany says:

    Alica, Thanks again for your suggestion. I am now officially a Taylor Mali fan and have been spending the last hour watching ALL of his videos on YouTube. And thanks also for your proofreading and editing advice!!

    Carrie, Good to hear from you! Hope all is well! Taylor Mali is a performer Alica introduced me to. “Taylor Mali is a poet and teacher who travels the world writing poetry and teaching.” More about him here: I totally can’t imagine him speaking “nomaly.” In fact, one of his videos addresses how he speaks:

  4. PJ Ferguson says:

    That is hilarious. I’m editing my fist book, and he’s sooooo write! Spell checker can only due so much 🙂

  5. Beth Barany says:

    Pj, I know. He’s so HI-larious. I spint a few hours yesterday enjoying his videos and laughing, and sometimes crying, at his wonderful poems. He’s so masterful in his delivery and in his choice of … well everything! 🙂

  6. Robin Moore says:

    Sew phoney! I mint funny.

  7. Beth Barany says:

    Robin, I know — sew sew funny! Glad you enjoyed it. I like totally was ROFL!

  8. I winna hear him idit meye own werk. Two guid two bee trew.

  9. Beth Barany says:

    Arletta, And have him read your werk 2!

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