“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~ Arthur Plotnik
Arthur Plotnik is a former publishing executive and author of the Book of the Month Club selections The Elements of Editing and The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words. In other words, this man knows what he is talking about.
Yesterday, I published the tip on editing/revising after writing the entire first draft. In this, I am encouraging you to let out what is burning inside of you. Where there is fire, there is smoke and the smoke is okay for that first draft. It’s in the revision and editing process that you clear away the smoke and strengthen your fire.