Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Editing-a necessary evil
Editing, for me, feels a lot like a root canal. It's necessary, and it's healthy, but it's excruciatingly painful for the one who has to endure it.
Here is what others have to say about editing:
Editing is the same as quarrelling with writers - same thing exactly.
Editing Hemingway was like wrestling with a god.”
Whenever I talk to kids about writing and tell them it's the rewriting I enjoy most, they groan. I guess if you're in school, rewriting means copying your papers over. But to me, rewriting is the most exciting part of the process. When I'm rewriting, I feel most creative. I've got all the pieces to the puzzle and now I get to put them together. I go through four or five drafts of each book. (When I was writing Summer Sisters I went through twenty drafts!)
"When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story."
Posted by Jessica Stanford at 7:06 PM