Who is on the plum tree?
For the writers out there ~ Shawn does editing for Plum Tree Books. Can you afford to miss her advice? I know I can’t!
Other Eyes and Beatles Wisdom
“It is better to take pleasure in a rose than to put its root under a microscope.” …Oscar Wilde.
There comes a time in every editing endeavor when each wall you face is an Everest and each knot Gordian in its complexity. You have taken your work apart, dissected and resected every sentence, paragraph, and chapter. You know your characters inside out and have removed every extraneous pronoun, preposition, and adverb, but still it’s not right.
Chances are, while slogging through dense literary underbrush, you have not only lost sight of the forest, but also the trees. This is the boundary beyond which all the rules in the world will do you absolutely no good. In fact, chances are you are in this predicament in part because you’ve…
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