In Praise of Editors

Stalking Hemlock


Never underestimate the value of a good editor.

Like many writers I often entertain the delusion that I could edit my own work to completion. I’m an OCD head case. I can’t read a cereal box without editing it and Facebook gives me hives. You don’t ever want to hand me a piece of writing and say, “Hey, look this over and tell me what you think?” I’ll get the same look in my eye as a cat does when it sees some hapless creature within its grasp.

Enter my editor. She has magical powers. I got the first part of my manuscript for Outpost back from her today. It looks like a medieval village after a Viking raid—but wow, is it good. I was astonished by all the things she saw. Once again, I found myself shaking off the spell and marveling at how familiarity gives the illusion of safety.

I can’t wait to delve into this. My book is about to get wings and shine.

© F.T. McKinstry 2015. All Rights Reserved.

~ by F.T. McKinstry on May 30, 2015.

3 Responses to “In Praise of Editors”

  1. I loved your description of what your manuscript looked like after editing! Really enjoyed this post. So true!

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  2. Thank you, Anne! 🙂 I’ve had a much needed rest tinkering in my gardens for the last few weeks and now it’s time to clean up the village. lol


  3. Oh yes editors are very important. I have one for some of my blog posts hehe 🙂

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