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The powers of the editing stick 

Is it a drumstick? A chopstick? Wand? Nope, it’s an editing stick. I know it sounds odd, but it works. So let me tell you the story behind my editing stick.

Last year, I sat in on the radio module. It was a small class, perhaps a dozen or so students in the room.  Once, the lecturer came in with several chopsticks bunched up in his hand like a bouquet. He puts all but one on the desk and starts up a powerpoint. As he talks through the slides, he waves the chopstick around.

By now, everyone was probably wondering why he had a chopstick in his hand. When he finished a section of the powerpoint, he would ask us questions. The people who engaged in the discussion got a chopstick, by the end of the presentation, many people had one. Naturally, we started acting as if we were given a wand crafted by Ollivander or were challenged to a duel. It was great.

He then told us that it wasn’t a chopstick (receiving comments back agreeing, many saying it is a wand or sword). He said they were neither wand or sword, but an editing stick; used to point out errors in our work.

What is an editing stick?

It is a writer’s tool for editing. Whether you are writing a story, screenplay or article, the stick is there to help.

It works by holding the stick in your hand as you read aloud. Your hand will naturally move the stick across the page, and if there is a word or sentence that does not make sense, the stick will remain still, indicating a problem in your writing.

You try the sentence again, but you can’t get past a word- the stick won’t allow you. So you review that word or the whole phrase and read from a point higher up. If it moves on, you have fixed the problem, if not try again.

I love this idea. It’s so simple.



Anyway, I’m thinking of decorating mine and would love your ideas. Leave a comment at the bottom

of this post and I’ll post a new photo to let you know how I got on at a later date.


Categories: On Writing, Paws and Prose, University

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5 replies

  1. *Random person arrives* What’s an editing stick for?

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  2. Well, I don’t understand “The World of Editing” (😂😭), but in designing I guess I can help a little. You can paint it white then tape it vertically (the stick is in standing position like a tower) with space and it’s same width of your tape ( make sure your tape is not wide ) secondly, paint it with the colour of your choice (Gold or black does look good but t’s your choice!). Lastly, remove the tape. Sorry, I don’t have any idea about the editing stick.

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  3. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I believe I might never understand. It seems too complicated and very wide for me. I’m taking a look forward on your next put up, I will attempt to get the hang of it!


    • Hi, sorry for the late reply. WordPress hid your comment from me. Editing isn’t easy. It’s the hardest part of writing, I usually find that the temptation to edit the story while writing prevents the story from being written.

      I hope the editing stick gives you an idea on how to improve your editing skills though 🙂


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