Writing and Editing, 47

“Editing. It’s like dieting; except a lot more violent.” ~ Leya Delray

I, for one, have not dieted in a long time. My memories of the process are still vivid though. Therefore, I confidently say: I can relate. As for the quote’s part on “editing”, I know that my confidence is incomparably stronger; for, I have been self-editing and editing for other authors nonstop for an extensive period of time. So, this statement holds true as far as I am concerned.

“[. . .] when things are not going your way [. . .]”

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“. . . The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book ~ if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they are put on paper, chop them, erase them, pulverise them and start again. Don’t whine when things are not going your way, because they are going the right way for The Book, which is more important. The show must go on, and so must The Book.” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

“Amateur Writers” (Are We Not All So?)

Charles Finch has the following to say about “amateur writers” (the text below is a quote in its entirety):

To me, the single biggest mark of the amateur writer is a sense of hurry. Hurry to finish a manuscript, hurry to edit it, hurry to publish it. It’s definitely possible to write a book in a month, leave it unedited, and watch it go off into the world and be declared a masterpiece. It happens every fifty years or so. For the rest of us, the single greatest ally we have is time. There’s no page of prose in existence that its author can’t improve after it’s been in a drawer for a week. The same is true on the macro level – every time I finish a story or a book, I try to put it away and forget it for as long as I can. When I return, its problems are often so obvious and easy to fix that I’m amazed I ever struggled with them. Amateur writers are usually desperate to be published, as soon as possible. And I understand that feeling – you just want it to start, your career, your next book, whatever. But I wonder how many self-published novels might have had a chance at getting bought, and finding more readers, if their authors had a bit more patience with them?

Writing and Editing, 44

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

Writing and Editing, 42

“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 . . .