“At one point in the talk, he referred to himself as a kind of duality. There are times when he’s a writer, and there are times when he’s a revisionist. And that’s a completely different job.”
Being a writer and being a revisionist — the editor we must be — are on two different sides of the pole. Writers create things from nothing. Editors are like translators, trying to make sure readers can understand everything the writer said.
It’s hard to have a dual job. There are many reasons why writers hire editors, but writers also usually edit their work before anyone else.
Hank also goes on to say:
“I can’t remember exactly how he said it, but basically, you have to reader of your own work. You have to experience it that way, just like with music or any other art. You have to experience the thing you made, and in that process, enjoy your own work.”
Editing is like putting yourself in the mind of a reader. You experience your book as they would to see where it needs to improve and how. Editing isn’t just grammar; there’s a lot more into it to make a book stand out. But, most of all, you have to enjoy the thing you create. Because if you don’t enjoy it, who will?
I hope you enjoyed the quotes as much as I did. They made me think about writing a bit more. What do you think about the quotes? Do you agree? Leave a comment below!