Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be Ruthless in Critiquing Yourself... Your Work Will Be Better For It

Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors, by trying at the outset to imitate them, by daring then to be original and by destroying one's first productions. ~~ Andre Maurois
It's the "destroying one's first productions" part of that quote that gets most of us. In my editing, I often find writers in love with certain passages and certain word combinations they've written. And often it's not a case of the writing being bad. It's a case of the writing not working for that piece.

As writers we must be willing to get rid of these passages if they don't work to enhance the book. It's hard. I often hear that they love that part... that they were inspired when they wrote that passage. Inspiration or no, as writers we must be willing to cut what doesn't work...

58 comments:

Cindy Michaud said...

Ouch! I learned to trick myself by swiping, cutting and saving that fabulously inspired passage to another piece of paper...and rarely found my self going back.
But I am growing: took an electric sander to a piece of art the other day....then went on to finish the piece AND later it sold. Ouch is growth.

David w Stewart said...

I look at each novel as part of a body of work, the culmination of a process that includes selection, creation, production, marketing & evaluation. At the end of that process, the work either self-destructs or propogates. By finishing the process, I can gradually improve each step because of the feedback that I receive from editors, readers, reviewers and ultimately the marketplace.

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