“How do you end a story that’s not yours? Add another sentence where there is a pause? Infiltrate the story with a comma when really there should have been a period? Punctuate with an exclamation point where a period would have sufficed? What if you kill something breathing and breathe life into something the author wanted to eliminate? How do you get inside the mind of a person who isn’t there? Fill the shoes of someone who will never again fill his own?” ~ Shaila Abdullah
“The first draft reveals the art; revision reveals the artist.” ~ Michael Lee
“The trouble is, very few people, even in the least provincial communities, seem to understand that the motive for fiction, or the impulse from which it arises, is a serious one. They think of fiction as having no value except that of amusing and passing the time; and so it is impossible for them to understand why it could not just as well be pleasant and pretty.” ~ Maxwell E. Perkins
The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color. ~ Emma Hill
I seem not to be able to read for pleasure anymore. While supposedly doing some pleasure reading, I find myself in the editor’s chair. However, when I am writing, that editor takes a vacation, leaving me stranded.
With this post, I only intend to provide a link to another professional site when the process of self-editing is concerned. As a seasoned editor and writer, I still find information of this nature helpful – however many times it may appear to have been repeated.
“There is nothing more refreshing for an editor than to meet a writer or read a query that takes him completely by surprise” ~ Betsy Lerner
“By far, the hardest part regarding a work of art, apart from the start, is knowing precisely when to stop . . . It’s growing up, finding that most glowing and top spot, ascending to where its highest peak is reached . . . before descending for the deepest, darkest drop.” ~ Criss Jami
“Learn to enjoy this tidying process. I don’t like to write; I like to have written. But I love to rewrite. I especially like to cut: to press the DELETE key and see an unnecessary word or phrase or sentence vanish into the electricity. I like to replace a humdrum word with one that has more precision or color. I like to strengthen the transition between one sentence and another. I like to rephrase a drab sentence to give it a more pleasing rhythm or a more graceful musical line. With every small refinement I feel that I’m coming nearer to where I would like to arrive, and when I finally get there I know it was the rewriting, not the writing, that won the game.”
Editing fiction is like using your fingers to untangle the hair of someone you love. ~ Stephanie Roberts