Today my post is Discretion When Editing.
I'm sharing some of the struggles our golden oldies had:
OSCAR WILDE would spend an entire morning putting a comma into one of his poems, then spend the afternoon removing it.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms 39 times before he was satisfied. When asked what the hold up was, he said: 'Getting the words right.'
VLADIMIR NABOKOV said his pencils outlived his erasers.
TRUMAN CAPOTE believed in the scissors more than the pencil.
So where does discretion come in? Writers in the past lived in a different era, a less hurried era, and they had the luxury of time to 'get it right'.
TRUMAN CAPOTE would stretch out on his couch, cigarette in one hand and a sherry in the other. His friends became consultants in the publishing process. He would read extracts aloud to his friends. 'I've got to be puffing and sipping.' Ah, those were the days...
But today, deadlines must be met. We might revise in a state of agitation or ecstasy. We can feel dumped, dejected, depressed, despondent...enough Ds?
So discretion might mean knowing when to stop editing. Can we afford a whole day moving a comma?
So now I move onto my regular A - Z posts...
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