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Ode to the Editor

While I’ve touched upon the importance of an editor in a previous post, I want to further emphasize the premise. My editor unrequitedly took a back seat to my spotlight. For a fee, she assumed the heavy lifting and rolled up her sleeves. She zeroed right in on dotting appropriate ‘i’s’ and crossing proverbial ‘t’s’ and had an inherent understanding that her role was to suggest changesShe was a strong and knowledgeable editor because she honed in on my style and taught me how to temper areas with too much description. Consider a painter and his pallet. One would venture that perhaps the end product of the Mona Lisa (most likely) had a few passes before its final masterpiece found its permanent home in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Franceergo, the “artist’s mental editor”.

As much as a writer’s job is to write, embellish, emote, flower and (sometimes) unintentionally overcomplicate, it’s just as vitally important to use the business side of our mind. To have the privilege and make the connection with a superb editor who is trained to temper, de-fragment and tighten is vital to the success of the book. When we deliver our first pass (yes, first pass) of our manuscript over to our trusted editor, while we may sweat and obsess, we focus on the anticipation of the editor conference. We already know the story we delivered to this trusted soul most likely will not be the same when we get the suggested re-writes back. However, the beauty in discovering the perfect marriage between writer and editor is when that first pass is returned and not only has our body of work been trimmed of its unnecessary fat, it is one step closer to becoming the magnificent story we envisioned it to be…

Indeed, we bow to our editors. Just like writing is what we do best; our editor is there to make sure the world recognizes this as well.

D.Lunsford

Courage

Cour.age  (kur- ij):  …the ability to do something that frightens one…

I used to think the only definition for the word courage was ‘to be brave’. The writing life has broadened my perspective and understanding. This writer has had absolute moments of fear throughout the publication journey. There have been stumbling block doozies; but blue skies are usually on the horizon to cancel those thunderheads on most occasions. Courage is a necessity in the writing process. It’s the key to sustaining strength and conviction no matter the stumbling blocks to keep writing in order to become a better writer.  Perhaps the broader definition of courage is self-belief coupled with the act of providing constant nourishment for your absolute passion of writing.

More importantly, however, one must remember how to embrace one’s conviction. Stand up tall once again whenever you fall… the writing road ahead is a long one. It’s for those who have the courage to keep moving forward.

D.Lunsford