I miss editing. Don’t get me wrong — I love dedicating ten minutes each day to writing. But I do miss digging deep into a rough piece to shine and polish and make it sparkle. I miss getting lost in deleting clauses, adding concrete nouns, removing adverbs, replacing flaccid verbs with active ones. I submitted … Continue reading I want to edit
Dear all editors everywhere, I recently had the privilege of guest-hosting a writing challenge on The Daily Post, WordPress.com’s site dedicated to the art and craft of blogging. I was honored by the editorial team’s confidence in me, that my name came up when they brainstormed writers to invite, and though they did not ask … Continue reading An open letter to editors
I heard a term yesterday for the type of writer I am: a pantser. This week I have been trying unsuccessfully to revise a growing pile of manuscripts. My critique partner, critique group, and husband have been kind enough to read drafts and give feedback, and now it’s up to me rewrite. Which I don’t … Continue reading Are you a pantser?
One of the most challenging aspects of this commitment to post every day for seven consecutive days has not been the writing. The biggest challenge, especially for a perfectionist, has been practicing restraint in editing. I felt kind of ridiculous when I publicly accepted the Daily Post challenge in my “Buts” piece. I knew we … Continue reading The challenge of the challenge: not editing.