Yeah, we got one, too.
I’m sure by now we all know about William Faulkner’s dictum to “Kill all your darlings.” (And if you aren’t, you can read up on it: here.)
A client gave me this “thank you” for all the words I cut from his manuscript. I’m not going to lie, I was a little creeped out at first.
But then I got into the spirit. Yes, that is part of why you need an editor.
- Because you repeat material without developing it;
- Because we got the point 100 words ago;
- Because what you’re talking about now has no bearing on the subject, even though it might also be true;
- Because you think you’re being cute but you’re just being annoying;
- Because the best thing you’ve written in ten pages should get a chance to stand out more fully in relief.
These are some of the answers to the question, When is murder not a crime?