• What You Owe Yourself? Authentic Writing

      * Yesterday, I finished doing my first thorough edit of my new collection of short stories and poetry. Today, I am beginning the final review process. I look at these two things differently. During the editing process, you are still diligently working on the stories. You are editing, changing, rearranging, adding, subtracting, fixing mistakes and making corrections, using a thesaurus, and playing with the “sound” of the prose. During the review process, I try to wear a “reader” hat. This is difficult, especially when you are reviewing your own work. But, you have to do it, you guys. You have to be willing to look at it through the…

  • The Art of Editing

    * * * * * I remember finding the copy editing course I took at Towson University grueling. It was a required course during my first master’s program in professional writing. It was tedious and tiring. My eyes grew weary, and eliminating words became a game to me. When the professor told us to get a piece down from 500 to 300 words, we had to do it, and the result had to be better than what we started with that day. Editing is not easy, my friends. It requires us step away a bit and consider the reader more than we consider ourselves and the prose we have written.…