Editing Wisdom…

Soon I will be on with the final, final edit of ‘From Russia With Tassels.’ Once I get a working copy back from my editor. As such editing is a different skill set to normal writing I have been doing a lot of editing of other part-works over the last few weeks to ‘get my eye in’ for want of a better term. I both love and loathe editing in equal measure, and occasionally find myself in need of a little inspiration from the worthy and the wise. So here is another collection of snippets of wisdom for anyone setting out on that strange journey of self-flagellation that is a final edit…

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. ~ Stephen King

I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it. ~ Don Roff

I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me. ~ Jeanne Voelker

A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses. ~ S. Kelley Harrell


The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color. ~ Emma Hill

Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Only the blank page needs no editing. ~ Marty Rubin

If you don’t hate your darlings a little by the time they go to press, you haven’t edited them enough. ~ S. Kelley Harrell

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When reading I pretend I’m an editor, though when writing I realize I’m not. ~ Fierce Dolan

Editing fiction is like using your fingers to untangle the hair of someone you love. ~ Stephanie Roberts

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

When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split…. ~ Raymond Chandler

And finally, Because its a quote I am much fond of and occasionally in the midst of procrastination feel I should hang on the wall beside my desk…

You can always fix crap. You can’t fix a blank page. ~ Christina Dodd


Previous posts on writing, publish, editing, anything else to do with the craft and a whole lot of quotes…

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