Listen to what you are saying

Listen to what you are saying:  Verlyn Klinkenborg writes an appreciation of Eleanor Gould Packard, the New Yorker’s arbiter of style, who died on Sunday at 87.

Quote:

“…a writer soon learns to welcome anyone who can offer real insight
into the nature of prose, and that Miss Gould could certainly do. I
learned from her neatly inscribed comments that even though I was
writing correctly – no syntactical flat tires, no grammatical
fender-benders – I was often not really listening to what I was saying.
That may seem impossible to a reader who isn’t a writer. But Miss
Gould’s great gift wasn’t taking writers seriously. It was taking their
words seriously. No writer, at first, is quite prepared for that.”