You’re out driving and come to a fork in the road. Your GPS says, Go right but you decide to turn left. You’re curious or just bored. You want to try something new. But then somewhere down the road, you hit a pothole and blow out a tire.
What would you do? Would you curse the sky and blame it on the choice you made? After fixing the tire, would you turn back? Or continue on?
This is how it can be with the process of writing – following roads studded with forks. And potholes. And lemonade stands, if you’re lucky.
Beginning and finishing a book, a story, a poem, a memoir, or even a report means having to make choices: what to add, what to leave out, what to edit out. Along the way, you might lose track of the Big Picture or worse, the Evil Critic in your head begins having too much air time and paralyzes you. Or maybe you have a terrific idea but have no idea how to begin. This is where an editor — essentially, another pair of eyes — can offer the objective feedback to help you navigate where you want to go.
Of course, not all editors are the same. Settling on one means finding a good fit. I can help with that too.
There are countless ways to tell a story but one goal:
keep the reader turning the page.