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Table of Contents:


Foreword

Six and Seven

Interword

Seven Side

About the Author


Illustrations:


One was closer.

Somewhere, Somewhen, Somewhy

Dead Eyes, Water Mouth

below everything that ever existed

Here and There

Foreword


In the summer of 2012 I was knee-deep in editing several projects. By that point writing and editing were nothing new to me. I had read all the classics like The Elements of Style, On Writing, and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, but somewhere along the way I adopted a sense of doubt. I began to wonder if the changes I was making were to make my writing better, or if I was doing them just to do them.

That question is one of the big ones when it comes to editing a book. I think in the past what I was doing was editing for the sake of editing, making changes because other books told me I was supposed to. The alternative is to ignore the rules and do what you think is best for your story.

In the end I think it’s about balance between the two. Ignoring rules for the sake of ignoring them is just as bad as following rules for the sake of following them, so in writing you really have to ask yourself: Is what I’m doing making my story better?

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