Monday, September 14, 2009

The Edits You Take Are Equal To The Edits You Make

I'm back to blogging after a bit of a hiatus. Things have been crazy between work, life, and my biggest writing/editing project yet, helping emerging author Jeannette Katzir get her memoir ready to go to print. We're almost there . . . just a quick meeting to tie up some loose ends tomorrow and we should be good. The next steps: query letter, book proposal, and the rest of her magical marketing package.

It's been such a pleasure to work with her, especially since it's been more of an editing/coaching situation than just a straight up "Here, I fixed your punctuation" type thing. Everyday I can see her writing get more solid, more fluid, more impactful. Be proud, JK. Be very, very proud.

I'm discovering that a couple months of serious editing work has really paid off in my own writing as well. It's true what they say--editing someone else's work can strengthen your own. I didn't even realize it was happening until I revisited an old story of mine tonight and recognized weaknesses in it that I had never been able to identify before. But now, with that editorial voice ringing in my head, shaking a scolding finger at passive voice and tsking at extraneous words, I am able to see the faults I often miss, blinded by the knowledge of my intentions.