The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself [ THE ARTFUL EDIT: ON THE PRACTICE OF EDITING YOURSELF ] by Bell, Susan (Author) Aug-01-2008 [ Paperback ] Unknown Binding – 1 Aug 2008
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Apart from an excellent short history of editing as an occupation/business, the book then mainly refers to American writers, artists, and editors. But don't let that put you off; the morals of the stories and Bell's basic principles are universally applicable. After all, she's talking about heavyweights such as the people at 'The New Yorker' here... We are also allowed a peep here and there into the world of editing in other art forms, such as film and professional photography, or we are told a brilliant quote from a celebrated dancer/choreographer who felt, after a mere 37 years, that she had finally mastered her craft. 37 years! Wonderful stuff. We are also explained clearly that, sadly, gone are the days when Scott Fitzgerald's editor spent an eternity coaxing 'The Great Gatsby' into the masterpiece it became - today, writers must be self-reliant, or fail.
A perfectly literary offering in its own right, the book nevertheless offers practical advice which is far superior to everything I have read in the creative writing and self-editing area.Read more ›
The book's first chapter teaches writers eleven strategies for gaining perspective on what they have written--and grown overly close to. These strategies range from abstract perspective shifting to physical techniques, such as hanging the pages of a chapter on a clothesline to observe the pattern of text across the pages. The second chapter tells authors how to evaluate their writing at the "macro" level, focusing on organization, structure and the sequence and flow of ideas. The third chapter dives to the micro level, helping writers with subtle language choices in sentence-by-sentence writing. We learn to evaluate writing for its repetition, redundancy, clarity, authenticity, continuity, and other well-chosen principles. Bell's fourth chapter presents several extended case studies of writers and their editors working together. The fifth and final chapter traces the development of editing as a profession, from changes medieval scribes introduced as they copied ancient texts to the uneasy, commercially-constrained partnership between modern writers and their time-starved editors.
Foremost among the book's strengths are the frequent before-and-after editing examples and the interviews with writers and editors. Numerous excerpts from F.Read more ›