In Need of an Editor

I always get to this point in my story. I’ve written the thing and I think it’s good, and I think it’s finished.

Then someone with much more experience than me reads it and says a few things that knock the knees out from under me. While succumbing to the new vista, I manage to take a look at my story and I inevitably realise, yes, it still needs me to work at it.

Humbling to realise that the author does not live in a bubble of genius and that an editor is actually a vital part of the process of getting the best of the story that there is to tell.

I’m happy at the moment because I have at hand my uni lecturers who are basically editors. I’ll be at uni for a few more years yet so I have time to learn perhaps how to edit my own. (Although I suspect the outside eye might always help, especially when I eventually get on to writing novels). At the very least I’ll be enrolling in the Publishing and Editing subject when it rolls around.




About talesbytink

I've lived various lives in various places but have been a writer at heart the whole time. The experiences of being other things in other lands and times can only make my writing richer. I have no regrets about the road travelled. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
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