Even the Best Writers Needed an Editor…

author-writing-writer“Dear Aspiring Writer, you are not ready. Stop. Put that finished story away and start another one. In a month, go back and look at the first story. RE-EDIT it. Then send it to a person you respect in the field who will be hard on you. Pray for many many many red marks. Fix them. Then put it away for two weeks. Work on something else. Finally, edit one last time. Now you are ready to sub your first work.

Criticism is hard to take at first. Trust me, I’ve been there. But learn to think of crit marks as a knife. Each one is designed to cut away the bad and leave a scar. Scars prove you’ve lived, learned and walked away a winner. Any writer who tells you they don’t need edits is lying. I don’t care if they have 100 books out. Edits make you grow and if you aren’t growing as a writer, you are dead.” ― Inez Kelley

You would not believe how tempted I was to edit this, but it is great advice.

Perfection is unattainable but you can get very close with patience, revisions, an aggressive editor (that’s me), and thick skin.

The Grammarly team has created a fun post, demonstrating how no one is above writing mistakes and although, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has endured the most when it comes to criticism for its poor writing, some of the greats are guilty too.

Grammarly: Fifty Shades of Grammar

Content attributed to grammarly.com/grammar-check

As you can see, behind every great writer should be a good editor, and if you can’t afford one who charges thousands of dollars, and makes you pay for multiple editorial services, you can afford me.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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4 thoughts on “Even the Best Writers Needed an Editor…

  1. cpmandara March 28, 2015 at 6:50 AM Reply

    I whole-heartedly agree! I don’t know how you do what you do. I always read through my books three times before giving them to my publisher and I find more and more mistakes on each read through. Arggh. LOL.

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    • Amy Valentini March 28, 2015 at 1:19 PM Reply

      Christina, as writers we are entirely too close to our work. I have the same problem when it comes to my own writing. I have one work I’ve already revised four times, and I’m still not happy with it. This is the reason every book needs to be looked at thoroughly by outside eyes. No one is perfect, not even editors, but why shouldn’t our work be as close to it as possible. Thanks for coming by and I’m here if you ever need me. Have a good one and Happy Writing. 🙂

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      • cpmandara March 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM

        Thanks Amy ❤ I think self-publishing is on the horizon, so I suspect you'll be hearing from me 🙂

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    • Amy Valentini March 28, 2015 at 3:36 PM Reply

      I’ll be here when you need me. I’d love working with you, Christina. 🙂

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