The writer’s job seems never ending.  There is always room for improvement, a reason for cutting a particular section that adds nothing to a story, an opportunity for taking a scene further.

I’ve recently completed another draft of my novel. I took editorial advice and implemented most of the changes suggested, then went through the manuscript to tie up the loose ends, and I have to admit that ruthless editing has its own problems.  The story improves, but sometimes leftovers from previous drafts clash with the new structure, creating a sense of cut and paste.  The new edit then requires another edit to polish the story, and then probably another to catch it from a fresh angle.  And then an agent or editor in a publishing house might suggest another edit or two.

Goes on and on.


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