Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

some notes for those of us buried in the act of editing. I’ve heard there is an end but my guess it is by one of two means. 1 you get snavelled up by an agent or publisher and thus someone else begins to edit your work or 2 by some matter of technology or nature computers cease to exist and your manuscript has been destroyed (or some variation thereof).

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.  ~Mark Twain

And the worst part is that you will never satisfy everyone. What is perfect to you someone somewhere will find something wrong with.

Someone once gave me a cartoon of a thesauri with the quote ‘damn you twilight thesauri have feelings too’, it eluded to the fact that Stephany Myer had used too many varying words throughout her work for the cartooner and my friend, and probably others, tastes. Then i watched the commentary on the Eclipse DVD and heard Stephany Myer comment that her character had used a certain word too many times. Which lead me to this post.

I am partial to the same theory. A sentence with the same word in it two or three times don’t seem to flow right. I get frustrated with the way i write in the first person and thus use a lot of ‘I’s.

“Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for i had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone but to set it, sir.” ~ Dickinson, Emily.

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself. ~ Marianne Moore

However it is not the act of being hard on oneself that is often the problem, but knowing what it is we writers are to be hard about.

So do i strive to cut repetitious words and make the story jump with vivid language and often times words i may never again need to use? I’m leaning towards yes, because even with the critiques Stephany Myer is not only well published but well represented and as i said no one can ever please everyone.

If anyone knows of any other editing tricks and secrets please do share.