This Writing Life
Writer and psychologist.
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Somebody quoted somebody famous, who said: “You don’t need to be a good writer. Just a good editor.”
And that’s the truth. Only reading that you edited Deja Vu from 120,000 down to 75,000 gave me the confidence to do the same to Adventure Eddy and by golly, was it a better book by the end of it.
I’ve just reread a lot of my Nanowrimo effort — and there are sections of great dialogue and action… but they’re thin between dollops of unmitigated shit.
But writing is like sculpting, I guess. Except we create our big, square block of stone and only then do we start chipping out the sculpture inside.
Thanks for your comment, Rolski. Editing is where it’s at. DV is definitely a svelte whippet compared to the original, and I hope to do the same to Flashback. Best of luck with your own stuff!
I love that analogy. Writing is like creating a huge block of stone and rewriting and editing is chipping away at that stone until a book emerges. So true.
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