Editing is so much more than ensuring correct spelling and punctuation — the topic and the process go as deep as each individual project will allow. Editing isn’t about red pens and an editor’s self-confidence in his or her own writing education, it’s about reading.
When I read, I want poetry. Even from those who do not consider themselves poets — though it may be a surprising concept in conversation, this is not an outrageous or fruitless expectation. Lots of writers give me exactly what I want. I crave cadence and sensuality, bold images and tangible emotion. Many writers comply.
The challenges arise for me, the demanding reader, when the author doesn’t step aside and let the characters speak to me one-on-one. I want to sit at the narrator’s (or protagonist’s) feet and listen to a first-hand rendition. I demand the writer move over.
As you might guess, this makes me a difficult editor.
Tell me about your reading demands. How do your readerly cravings influence your peer editing skills?
Speaking of reading, we have a list of contestants for you to read and offer feedback! Lost & Found has been interpreted by our Flaming authors and their creations await comments and votes. Have your say before Midnight July 3rd!
After perusing the work of others, accept the challenge of sharing your own writing with us and go check out the month of minis Tami has created for July and be sure to sign-up!