On Editing

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”

— Arthur Plotnik
Editor and author (b. 1937)
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  • http://www.cherylricker.ocm Cheryl Ricker

    Great quote, Michael! It made me start singing, "Blaze, Spirit, blaze. Set our hearts on fire!" Remember that one? I'm glad God's both our writer and our editor. We're His pens. In turn, we write for Him!

  • http://www.kbhyde.com Katherine Hyde

    Thank you for reminding authors we editors do not exist to torture them.
    My recent post Welcome!

  • http://www.kbhyde.com Katherine Hyde

    Thank you for reminding authors we editors do not exist to torture them.
    My recent post Welcome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Audrakrell Audra Krell

    In this case, where there is smoke, there is fire. Both are needed and cannot exist without the other. Great quote.
    My recent post Pure Pleasure

  • http://www.stephanieshott.com Stephanie Shott

    I'm waiting for my first edit from my first book. I can't wait to see how much smoke they clear for me! :-)
    My recent post What's Love Got To Do With It?

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    George Woodcock with humour quips, “I was editing Canadian Literature. I didn’t want to let Canadian Literature go, so they reached a nice compromise by which I received half a professor’s salary.”