Error Excavator and Beloved Introvert: Meet Sheila Harris, RTC Proofreader
How do you get into “the zone” when it comes to diving into your work?
In order for me to feel “in the zone,” I need to feel like things are organized, clean, and clear. That includes everything from the environment in which I do my work to the tabs in my browser.
I like for my desk area (and, ideally, the rest of the house) to be clear of clutter. I like to compile all the important information I’ve been given about a project into one master document, organized in a way that makes logical sense to me. I will gather all the materials I’ll need (e.g., my master document, dictionaries/reference books, pens, highlighters, etc.) and place them within arm’s reach of my chair. Of course, I will close unnecessary tabs and open ones for all the resources I’ll need (search engine, online dictionaries/references, etc.). Then, I’m ready to dive into the deep end. Clean house, clear mind, can focus!
What is one thing you want your clients to know?
When it comes to editing, the relationship between speed and quality is inverse; that is a fact there is simply no getting around.
What is your favorite service RTC offers our clients?
I’m going to make this answer about a service RTC doesn’t offer: ghostwriting. I think it’s pretty cool and unique that RTC encourages people away from this route, empowering them to tell their own stories and embark on journeys through collaborative writing and editing.
What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?
According to an online survey I took in order to answer this question, I’m an ISTJ: introversion, sensing, thinking, and judgment. The site I used says that people of this personality type tend to be reserved, practical, and quiet, are detail-oriented, and enjoy order and organization. Check. Check. Check. Check. And check!
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Hmm, let’s see. An astronaut. I still think space is awesome—mostly because it’s so quiet, I think. I also wanted to be a guitarist for Duran Duran. They’re still together as a band, but I still haven’t learned the guitar, so I don’t think that’s going to pan out . . . Then I thought about becoming a judge. I’ve always had a very strong sense of fairness and right and wrong and thought I could help put the world to rights. Those hopes were dashed when I found out that in order to be a judge, you first need to be a lawyer—not a practicable option for someone who’s always felt queasy at the prospect of public speaking!