Tag: Editing

Advice from the Masters: Stanley Schmidt

  |   Better Writing

Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine from 1978 to 2012. Every year, from 1980 through 2006 (the last year it was awarded) Schmidt was nominated for the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor. After the Society revamped their award structure, he  »  Read More

Writing Skills: Put on your editor hat

  |   Better Writing

Edward de Bono’s concept of Six Thinking Hats can really help you make better decisions. The idea is that you, in your mind, put on different hats for different ways to think about a problem. Imagining that you’re putting on your “editor hat” works the same way. It’s a way of pretending that  »  Read More

Writing Tip: I can’t take that out!

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“I can’t take that out!” He almost screamed it. We were working to improve his blog posts and reviewing a draft. I suggested that he take out a particular phrase. He objected. He said it was a great phrase. It was. He said that it was a fine bit of writing. It was. But the post was better without  »  Read More

Getting It Right

  |   Writing A Book

We’re on the homestretch now. I’m doing the final read-through and edit of a client’s book. This will be the sixth major revision. Here’s what got us to this point, and what comes next. The first step was to get the basics right. That took a while, but we got the big pieces in the right order. Then  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Maxwell Perkins

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Maxwell Perkins may not have been the best literary editor ever, but he would certainly be in the running for that title. At Scribner’s he was the editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, as well as Marjorie Rawlings and Alan Paton. Here’s one piece of his sage advice. “Just get  »  Read More

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