Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, aka the Book Doctors, spend their days working with authors to hone their manuscripts. On Tuesday, May 14, they’ll be hosting a webinar to benefit NaNoWriMo, called The Art of the Edit, where they’ll guide participants through their steps for revision. They shared a taste of what they’ll discuss with us.
One of the things that separates amateurs from professionals is their ability to rewrite their novels, to transform them from beautiful but unshaped pieces of clay into glorious works of art that take the breath away. We look at multiple aspects of the novel as we edit—often doing individual edits for each aspect. Here are the big ones:
Whether this year was your first time noveling, or you’ve been writing for years, you probably have an interesting and complicated relationship with writing. Every year there’s always some article published that talks about the importance of creative writing in education and its beneficial effects on persuasive ability.
Personally, I still can’t tell a narrative without falling into tangents and backstory (don’t ever ask me to tell you about my dreams!), but writing has certainly been beneficial to my life. Here are the three superpowers creative writing has given me:
"Sometimes when you care too much, you lost the real meaning of ‘caring’. The one who’s being cared for, forgot to care back; lost the meaning of ‘appreciation’. You care too much that it eventually hurts you so much. ‘Caring’ is a confusing word. ‘Caring’ is an injustice way to show people they’re worth loving. ‘Caring’ is cruel; somehow."
"There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness."