Write > Revise > Rinse > Repeat

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In chapter 8, Kawaski writes on the importance of editing. This immediately struck me as something I need to read, because, admittedly--I am often a poor editor of my own work. It took me until junior year of college to concede that I needed to give myself a day between finishing a draft and editing and reworking it. My beginning stages as a writer were marked (frustratingly) by trying to produce final draft product on the first draft. It seems obvious now, but no matter how good a writer a person is-- things will not come out publisher-ready the first time around.

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This is Kleon's message. He writes, "Every time I turn in a 'final' copy of a book, I believe that it's perfect" (94). I'm guilty of this too.

Perhaps the first most important thing for someone trying to write a book is a large dose of humility.

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I think Kleon's approach to copyediting is incredibly smart and resourceful, and just makes sense. He talks about crowdsourcing through social media as a means to find interested and capable editors for your manuscripts. SMS like Facebook and Google+ are huge resources for this kind of thing, but I had never recognized that until I read this chapter.

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clscott's picture

Dr. Eatman says she keeps a

Dr. Eatman says she keeps a file of all her content that doesn't make it to the final draft. That would drive me insane. I see editing writing as cutting the pork fat--it doesn't need to be there, you won't get it all off perfectly, and you can repurpose it if you want. I never feel like my work is perfect when I submit it. I can't keep my paintings and photographs on the wall because I see every mistake, but if other people want that on their walls, good for them.

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Emily, I completely

Emily, I completely understand the problem of editing. I always have a problem editing my work and still have not found my niche as far as editing goes. I love your blog post.