|photo by Colorfly Studio|
In truth, I like to run a line through something rather than erase it because once you erase it, it's gone. Forever.
And when I went to flickr I was looking for a photo of a red pen, but since I won't be able to find this (the above picture) again because I'm
hormonally challenged forgetful, I slipped it in here.
But a red pen would have been a better choice. Because this post is about gifted editors.
During the summer, I have some flexibility to my schedule, and I'm taking advantage of it; I've joined a group of writers who meet every Tuesday morning for "Coffee and Critique." We bring things to share, and get suggestions on how to improve the pieces.
Everybody at this table has good eyes and ears. Each one has their own little niche when it comes to editing. But yesterday, I sat next to one of the writers with the fastest pen in the west. And not only is she fast, she's dead-on when it comes to her aim.
As soon as I started reading my short story, I could see her out of the corner of my eye. Circling. Crossing out. Drawing arrows and writing comments.
And I loved it. Because that's what I need help with. I won't say I was ever a brilliant writer, but between August and May, I write for nine-year olds. So I need loads of help discerning what words can be left out, what is cliche, where I'm getting off track.
So, thanks for being a predator-editor. Thanks for circling around my weak verbs and adjectives. Thanks for attacking my writing with a keen eye.
Thanks, Alice. (And Donna and Doyle and Bea and Becky and Bill and Marcia and Lou.)