Friday, July 29, 2011

To edit or not to edit a quote

I normally wouldn't edit a direct quote in a newspaper story, but this sentence tempts me.

"It’s his first day out there and it’s his first day out there and I don’t have to correct him on anything."


Even when a person says something twice, I'd probably edit part of it out.


"It’s his first day out there, and I don’t have to correct him on anything."


I don't think that hurts anything at all.


What do you think?




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2 comments:

  1. It's fine. On some level, you are editing quotes by selecting which ones to use from your notebook or tape.

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  2. I'd shorten the quote the same way you did. That's not changing the quote. After all, you're not quoting everything the person said.

    I'm enjoying your blog.

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