The Joy of Editing

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I used to hate editing.  No sooner had I written one piece than I rushed to start another.  Now, however, I love it almost as much as writing the first draft.  There are a number of reasons for this change of heart.

The first is studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia where revision and editing was recommended as an essential part of writing, as important as any other part of the creative act, whether planning and plotting or writing the first essential draft.

The second is reading Sol Stein‘s excellent books ‘Solutions for Writers‘ and ‘Solutions for Novelists‘ both of which have lots of great advice about revision and editing.  I have read other books which have also been useful but for me Stein’s books are superbly thought-provoking and practical.

The third is the pleasure I have gained from noticing when something is not working, planning potential changes, tussling with the piece and finally coming up with something which says what I want better than the original.

 

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About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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2 Responses to The Joy of Editing

  1. amyleebell says:

    I enjoy editing as well. In fact, it’s hard for me to not edit as I write, but then I’d never get anything written at all! At the end of the day, I had 500 well-written words. It’s much more efficient for me to go through phases of writing and phases of editing.

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