Tuesday, July 24, 2007

weekly writing coach: on editors

Salon today praises editors, especially in the wake of more than 70 million blogs, most unedited by anyone but the author. Columnist Gary Kamiya notes:
Most writers understand that their editor is not a half-literate, envious wannabe who takes perverse joy in mangling their prose, but a professional who is paid to make their work better. Still, the moment when you -- and now I -- open the e-mail your editor has sent you in response to your story is always fraught with anxiety. You've exposed your soul, or at least part of your brain, to another person. What will they do with it?
This week's exercise: Pass this item along to your editor, and get up the nerve to ask for feedback. What's one thing he or she wants you to work on?

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