The greatest fear every writer has – worse than public humiliation, worse than being ignored – is that their editor will change so much about their original work that their voice will be lost completely.
Often in my editing work and just browsing online for research purposes, I read content that has the makings of being exceptional.
He’s not perfect. You aren’t either. And the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and admits to being human and making mistakes, then hold onto him.
Sometimes, just as life is moving along beautifully, peacefully, The Worst Thing That Can Happen happens. You know what I’m talking about: those events that happen to other people.
Sometimes go with the first draft. Sometimes take a chance. Sometimes just enough is plenty. Sometimes do it even if you’re not feeling it. Sometimes turn up late instead of not at all.
There have always been words that I swore would never creep in no matter where I travelled. When I moved to NZ, I solemnly swore to all my London friends that I would retain ‘crisps’ over ‘chips’.