Thursday, January 22, 2009

Silver and Gold

I had an interesting e-conversation with my editor the other day. There's a story that's just over the word limit and needs to be pared down a little. This can be difficult because writers tend to think that every word they write is pure gold. In this, I have had a minor revelation about what the purpose of an editor is. They are not here to find the gold in any given story, they're here to find the silver.


NewGuyDave said...

Were you able to find a silver lining and trim it off?

Jeff Draper said...

Not yet, but with my writing I'm sure there is a chest full of copper pieces in it.