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A Matter of Degree

7/9/2013 by Susana Schultz

Do you like the way Stephen King writes? Or do you prefer Thoreau’s writing style better? Have you read anything by Stephenie Meyer and if so do you like her style? We are all individuals and as writers we all write differently and use our own unique style. You might not like Thoreau, you might find him stilted, antiquated, but do you understand the point he is trying to make? You might think Stephenie Meyer is too casual, but do you understand what she is trying to say even though you don’t like the way she writes?

The same applies to any writing, whether it is an original masterpiece, a novella, or a simple Spanish translation of an employee manual. Translators are at their core writers, and as such we bring our own individuality to our translations. So when I hear, “I wouldn’t say it that way,” I think, yes, you wouldn’t because this is the way I write. But, can you understand it? That is the key with anything. Do you understand the message it is trying to convey?

Keep that in mind next time you go for that red pen thinking something is wrong because you don’t say it that way. We are all different so it becomes a matter of degree.Christian Louboutin outlet

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