“Authors may love their words, yet they care more about having their words loved.”

Editing your own writing is hard. Even as an editor, I struggle with it. So much, in fact, that I still have my very talented mother edit my most important documents. (Hi, Mom!) Time helps give the requisite emotional distance, but it’s still tough to see your baby as less than perfect. This is why all writers need editors.

Last week Mark Allen wrote a great piece for Copyediting.com about how copyeditors can’t be timid. This part is great advice for writers too:

Remember this: The author wants to get a point across. This is the reason for writing. If the point is lost to even a few, the author’s influence is diminished. Vanity may compel many authors to declare it’s the poetry that matters, but the desire to be influential is what really motivates. However hard it is to accept that a first draft is flawed, what author has ever regretted doing so?

Authors may love their words, yet they care more about having their words loved.

So, to clarify your writing, be as influential as possible, and have your words loved, don’t forget the all-important step of editing!

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