The Joy of Editing…

Monk Buttman, Hard-Boiled Private Dick

There is no greater joy, no more profound exercise in existential ennui, than staring at almost 400 pages of story that are in need of editing. The journey…

Or, as the kids say, time suck!

But as any writer worth their salt will admit, every write needs a rewrite before it’s considered ready for public consumption. This is because there are always mistakes that are caught or cared about during editing. The process, naturally, starts with getting the story out of thy head before you go nuts. Editing is the external struggle to produce its finite form and goes beyond simple errors in spelling and grammar.

I don’t know that there’s any joy to it, and most writers are not fond of it even if they’re well aware of its importance. It is what it is in the utilitarian sense, but often there is that, which seemed important once-to the…

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