You young folk out there, you don’t think like us old hipsters, and it shows. You write in a computer, you rewrite in a computer and you email your documents straight from a computer to someone else’s computer.
This is fine for dirty text messages you send to Tiger Woods. Not so fine if you are trying to earn money by being coherent and professional.
I know it’s all green ‘n shit not to waste trees, but your not buying a ream of paper is not going to save a redwood, believe you me.
My students refuse to print their work out to proofread it and so I am the one who prints their work and I am the one catching their bonehead proofreading mistakes… and in Real Life, I would be an agent or a producer going, “My. This cretin certainly is a sloppy writer. I wonder where he lives? I think I’ll just send someone over to burn his house and kill his dog.”
When it’s time to proofread your work, print it out. On an actual sheet of paper. Get your trusty red pen and read the stuff aloud — from an actual sheet of paper. If you do not print to proofread, you will miss mistakes. Reading work in a computer is not the same as reading it on a sheet of paper.
I’m right on this one.