Welcome to iota–a group for word nerds, book lovers, and text mavens who help us get our writing work done. A note or two to facilitate the process….
We often write on a short deadline, and some of our writing–mine especially–has to fit particular audiences and moments. As a result, the level of polish and style will vary widely.
The most common help I ask for is to revise and edit Sunday sermons and occasional homilies (weddings, funerals). To say this writing lacks polish is an understatement. But more importantly, this writing aims at a level of orality that will be unfamiliar to many. Sentences tend to be longer, with little subordination. Coordinating conjunctions are frequently used, and structural repetition often aids communication of meaning. In this kind of writing, I am looking for help with grammatical editing–parallelism, punctuation, typos–and with sentence level revision.
I will return to this page to add more notes on how best to help with writing for other contexts–Newsletter, website, and so on.
We will use two tools.
There are three perspectives I ask you to adopt when you offer us your help:
I hope this is enough to get us started. I would like to make written sermons and homilies available but I can’t manage without your help. We know people will visit our website before they visit our building, so we want to make the best of every opportunity.