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  • Editing and Writing Quote

    Posted on September 22nd, 2012 jean 15 comments
    Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life.

    That’s what happens when you listen to “G Love.”

    The funniest things pop into your mind when you are doing something else. Like trying to distract your mind during a 5K run. Here’s a little writing “quote” I made up while running. Although… is it a quote when you haven’t actually said it anywhere? Well, I guess I am now… so here it is my “official” editing quote:

    Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life.

    What do you think? What is writing and editing like for you? Do you have a favourite writing quote or a favourite editing quote? Share it in the comment section.

     

     

     

     

    Later note: I should explain this quote. For me, editing is like killing my story. Every time. Every version.

    I fully disassemble. I make transplants. I create great monstrous Frankensteins. I kill off characters. I merge characters. I change settings. I kill that sucker. Over and over and over again. And there is always a moment where I wonder if I will be able to bring about a heartbeat. Whether I will be able to breathe life back into my story. Whether it will stand up and live like it did in that first draft. Alive. Joyous. Free.

    It’s a long, slow process bringing my stories back to life. And that is where my quote: “Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life.” comes from. This is my experience.