Table of Contents:
One was closer.
Somewhere, Somewhen, Somewhy
Dead Eyes, Water Mouth
below everything that ever existed
Here and There
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?