Write Like an Editor Redux


This week, some of the little sparks of my synapses that turned into digitized, episodic bits on your computer screen are posted over at Rachelle Gardner’s blog, Rants and Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent. I would like to thank her for the opportunity to guest blog on her site.

For those coming from there, I have a number of other supplemental posts that you might find helpful:

  • Episode 5: Think Like an Editor: “In many ways writing is the art of ordering words, images, paragraphs, and chapters in a way that conveys a particular message. Yes, creativity is key—but creativity alone does not always equal publication or effective writing. Words can be spontaneous, but published words take much more work to make them seem effortless. This is the great paradox: crafting your poetry and prose so much that the reader doesn’t think about them.” [more]
  • Episode 10: Make Changes, Not War: “As an editor, part of my job has been reviewing content for potential publication and/or sending back to the writer for revision. Couple that with the peer review experiences I’ve had since then, and I find that a resistance to comments is not too uncommon. So, let’s take a moment to focus on the reasons that peer review can be so beneficial.” [more]
  • Episode 24: Words without Meaning: “A novel manuscript that ended up in my hands for review last month set these ol’ neurons firing about what features cause some writing to seem—well—less successful. And this manuscript unwittingly became my test case. Several things stood out, including stock characters with little or no growth, lots of telling instead of showing, and a heaping helping of words without meaning.” [more]
  • Check out the editing category for even more.

Also, let me know your thoughts, topics you’d like to see me cover, or just quirky anecdotes about your experience writing or with editors (editors are a quirky lot, after all).

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2 thoughts on “Write Like an Editor Redux

  1. I noticed a lot of your posts don’t have comments. On the other hand, you have a very helpful way of presenting issues. Could you get feedburner on here? LOL Don’t you love unsolicited advice!

    I’m going with the less is more approach on my current ms. I’ve lost my voice over edits and revisions, especially in my previous ms. *shrug* Despite thinking this is one of my best works so far, I’m still sending it through my crit group. Oh! and I’ve learned one thing, less still takes a lot of time–just not as much.

  2. Thank you for stopping by and for the comment. I started this blog as a way to keep track of some of my own thoughts and breakthroughs, hoping that it would help others along the way—and it has grown (though I’d love more comments certainly).

    I have refrained from using Feedburner so far (that may change, since I love stats), but I do have the built-in RSS feed. You should be able to copy my URL (https://morenovel.wordpress.com) and plug it into your RSS reader of choice (most browsers have the RSS icon in the address bar as well that you can click).

    With the first draft, you should definitely focus on just “getting it out there” and let the later drafts be for making it better. At least, that’s the way I’ve done it.

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