I know how to polish writing. To make it shiny and bright. I can fix tenses. I can punctuate. I can find power verbs to replace wimpy words. I can whittle and tighten.
I can spit and polish.
Spit and Polish: extreme attention to cleanliness, orderliness, smartness of appearance, and ceremony often at the expense of operational efficiency
Yep, that’s me.
I am waist-deep in a big revision. Big chunks–several chapters at a time–are going by the wayside. Cut. Chopped. Dumped. Gone gone gone.
Oh how they shine in my cut file. Word by word, they are pretty. But that’s not what the story needs right there.
I squirmed a bit when I read agent Rachelle Gardner’s post on craft vs. story yesterday.
But hopefully I’m learning to put away the rag (and spit) and to concentrate on the story.
Do I need to say it again?
All writers MUST read this amazing poem by author Kate Messner.
And then, write.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK