Or, better known by editors as, “Resist the Urge to Explain.”
“It’s best to resist the urge to explain. If the emotion isn’t shown, rewriter the passage so that it is.”
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3 thoughts on “Tidbits and Nuggets – Editing”
Absolutely true and great advice. I wrote what I felt was a ‘killer sentence’. I was so proud, best thing I had written. My wonderful (read that as tough) editor told me it was all wrong, that I had to write about what happened so the reader felt those words (the ones in my killer sentence). She was right! Best advice ever.
Agree, but boy it is difficult to spot ourselves. I know I’ve read my mnauscript so many times I think Im reading what I’ve written but my brain is reading the story in head! LOL. Editors and good critique partners are the best! Thanks for reading.
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I know exactly what you mean! A good editor is priceless.