Trees and the Forest

I am not a Stephen King fan. I am, however, in complete agreement with his statement below:

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” ~ Stephen King

The Writer-Editor Interaction

“Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counselling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, ‘How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?’ and avoid ‘How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?'” ~ James Thurber

A Dilemma

When you face extraordinary challenges that life presents to you, yet you have several beautifully composed manuscripts on your desk, waiting to be edited in the same professional way you have been accustomed to delivering . . .