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I have posted this quote previously. This claim is something I always cherish in my profession. So, here it is . . . as a reminder to us all who write, creatively of factually,

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” ~ Patricia Fuller

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“When she got back from taking Cassie to school Fancy knew that she ought to be working on her wilderness romance. She had promised thirty thousand words to her editor by tomorrow, and she had only written eleven. Specifically:

His rhinoceros smelled like a poppadom: sweaty, salty, strange and strong.

Her editor would cut that line.” ~ Jaclyn Moriarty, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

I would too . . .

No, I Am Not Promoting Drunkenness!

Please, do not take this advice literally! In fact, I cannot think of even one occasion when I was “drunk” while I was writing. (Phew!) My contemplation is more in line with the possibility that one could feel “drunk” due to the heat of the moment of passionate (as in being engaged, involved, driven, etc.) while one writes creatively. As soon as we are done writing, however, we must make sure to be as alert as we can to attack our written or audio-recorded draft – one version of it after another, if it need be.

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Based on my extensive experience as a writer and professional editor, I am convinced that self-editing is a must. Then comes the expertise of a professional editor that you might want to seriously consider seeking for your draft writing/s.

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“I’d known since girlhood that I wanted to be a book editor. By high school, I’d pore over the acknowledgments section of novels I loved, daydreaming that someday a brilliant talent might see me as the person who ‘made her book possible’ or ‘enhanced every page with editorial wisdom and insight.’ Could I be the Maxwell Perkins to some future Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe?” ~ Bridie Clark

Unlike Bridie Clark, the author of Because She Can, I was not intent on becoming a book editor “since girlhood”. My labor of love, editing, found a life in me approximately 20 years ago. I have had the fortune to work with a large number of authors who were gracious in their responses with reference to my editorial work. I am still enjoying that fortune. I appreciate every one of those writers for the trust and confidence they have in me. Will “I be the Maxwell Perkins to some future Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe?” This question has never entered my mind (nothing against the cited author). I absolutely love what I do as an editor in and for my discipline. My awareness and knowledge of and extensive experience with the challenges that arise for “my” dear authors as well as myself throughout the writing and editing processes do not and cannot change this fact.

Allow me to wear my other hat at this point . . .

In the likes of Bridie Clark, since middle school, I was acutely aware of the two passions I had – which became my life’s pursuits: teaching and creative writing. I have been fortunate to dedicate 40 plus years to the academia with a heavy focus on teaching as opposed to researching. I have only stopped teaching actively after my official retirement 2 years ago. As for my obsession with creative writing, it is an unending quest and it will remain so.  Besides, my own writings and self-editing techniques also help me gain a critical insight into all that which “my” authors” go through. Therein lies the beauty of what I have the opportunity to do; namely,  living two loves all at once from my desk: my love for writing and my love for editing.

 

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“Anyone and everyone taking a writing class knows that the secret of good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune, and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress, compress . . .” ~ Nick Hornby

While this site is not about “a writing class”, I consistently aim to provide an insight into the various steps of proofreading, a vital process that comes after our writing is (supposedly) done. I, therefore, am in total agreement with Nick Hornby’s statement. Happy ‘cutting back, paring down, winnowing, chopping, hacking, pruning, trimming, and ‘removing’ “every superfluous word” in your drafts! Remember to “compress, compress, compress . . .” – – – your readers will be utterly appreciative, if you do.