Writers and editors

A Reading Note

What’s a good analogy about writers and editors without a reference to fire?

“Communication,” I recently told a class of writers, “is your reason for being—not nourishment of ego, not praise of colleagues, not money, not love of generations to come. 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.”

Plotnik, The Elements of Editing, page 31

Drama aside, I love this.

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The Elements of Editing

Arthur Plotnik

“The editor, not the author, best understands the readership,” Plotnik says. “Authors know their subject. Editors specialize in knowing the audience.”