The importance of editing

June 30, 2016 No Comments

MarianCall-Tap-Root-in-RedFor a number of years now I have followed Marian Call http://mariancall.com/, an indie musician who writes some of the most literate and literary songs I’ve ever heard: powerful lyrics about universal subjects set to rich and complex melodies. How can you not like a song with the word “cacophony”? Or one about the moon, written for waking up astronauts? http://mariancall.com/757/ And she performs with a vintage typewriter. A musician for writers!

As part of her Donors’ Circle, I’m privy to her creative process. She posted some new material for us this morning, which I won’t share as it’s not for public consumption yet.

I did get her permission to share something she said about the editing process. It applies to authors as well as to musicians:

MarianCall-Typewriter-140It is SUCH a relief that we are not stuck with our first drafts!  That first inspiration is lovely — it means a lot in the moment it visits us.  But the process of editing makes so so so so much difference in the quality of the art, editing is the makeup and coffee that prepares our poetry to walk out the door of our brains and meet the audience.  I believe in editing.”

Me too.

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About Win

Win Day is a multi-published, award-winning author who loves to read and write about strong men and savvy women. Her first novel, On a Whim, won the RWA Contemporary Chapter’s Stiletto contest in two categories: Best Contemporary Short and Best First Book. Treasure in the Library is her second published novel. Visit her writing website at www.windaywrites.com or her web development company at www.creativeimplementations.com.

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