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Editing - Brutal Cuts Make Good ReadingPeople, I have vertigo.  If you haven’t already picked up on it, I’m writing a novel right now.  It’s unusual for me, to write a novel.  I tend to focus on short stories, getting a lot of satisfaction from putting together a snapshot of a moment a character (or characters’ lives) in about 2000 words.  Last week the first draft of my novel broke through the 80,000 mark.  I can’t quite believe it myself. 80,000 bloody words – how did that happen?

Well, of course, one word at a time.  One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given about writing was that you should write everyday – even if it’s crap.  Just sit down, every day, at a designated time if you can (impossible for me), and write.


Editing - An Essential ChoreAre you one of those fortunate people who can write perfectly?  What comes off the end of your pen, or from your deft touch on the keyboard, produces prose or poetry that is so good that there can be no possible change that would improve it.

If you are one of these people then you are extremely lucky and most probably in a minority of one.  For most of us, however, our initial writing offerings will not be classed as perfection and we have to go through a further stage to improve this first version of