Patient blogging, book-loving followers, I have just finished editing a 385 page manuscript, and I am here to report that such a long editorial stint is corrosive to one’s own writing.
Many of you may be aware that I wear two bookish hats professionally: writer and editor. Though related, they can be antithetical to each other if indulged in undiluted form for extended periods of time.
The best writing comes from a non-critical, spontaneous sense of play. Revision and editing, on the other hand, require a slow, meticulous (grinding!) attention to detail in order to be effective and to improve a manuscript.
When the spirit is on an inspired writer, the writer can sometimes break the sound barrier, rent a tear in the universe, create a sonic boom, with the rapid fire flow of words. Oh, what a feeling, eh? We’ve all been there from time to time if we’ve…
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