Episode Whatever of How to Work with Your Editor

I love when writers push back on my suggestions and questions. That’s when I know they have grasped the truth of their own story. They know what their characters would do or not do. They know how much their reader needs.

When you know something is not working, say so to your editor.

“I don’t think this scene is as strong as it could be.”

“I feel I’m holding back here but I don’t know why.”

“I am holding back here and I know why and I am not ready to write about it, so let’s figure out a way to tell the story without divulging too much.”

I like when writers include these questions and suggestions in a separate Word doc that I can read after I read the manuscript, so I’m not overly influenced. 

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