April 6, 2012

Re: editors and editing

  • "Writer’s groups are everywhere, but I’ve never encountered a self-editor’s group," says a post on How to Think Like an Editor by Writer Unboxed (thx, @sterlingediting). Note the first-listed critical characteristic: check your ego at the door.
  • Also via @sterlingediting, a New York Times article on the neuroscience of your brain on fiction. Now there's backup for reminding a writer to use all five senses!
  • Though MacDaily objects, editors might well mull over Malcolm Gladwell's claim (in The New Yorker) that Steve Jobs was more “editor” than "inventor," and that for our flood-of-information future, “nothing is more important than this issue of editing." Forget (for just a moment) the author-editor relationship; this makes me wonder about the inventor-editor relationship!
  • Meanwhile, editors might do well to keep an eye on e-book marketing strategies: might they have an effect on novel plot and structure?
  • And I have it on good authority (@EditorAM) that wordlovers of all types should go see Linotype: The Film if they get a chance. You can watch the trailer here.

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