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> This varies greatly among authors; in my experience, the only ones who
> have any difficulty with red ink are prima donnas who have problems
> with the editing process as a whole.
I've never been a school teacher, but I have been a university instructor,
which is not that different.
In my experience, by the time that most people reach first year university,
they have been thoroughly traumatized by people wielding red ink. At the sight
of red ink, even the nicest or best motivated freeze up like something about to
be roadkill that's just seen your headlights. And then they stop paying
attention to the comments.
OK, maybe I exaggerate. But the reaction is there, even among many professional
writers. Use another color, and people are far more likely to pay attention to
the comments instead of their own horror at the Color of Doom.
Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604-421.7177
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