Wednesday, August 20, 2008

An editor is your friend...

Ganked from the Gear School blog:

I got back the changes to the Gear School script from Dave the other day. And besides the usual typographical changes one expects, he also asked me to take a look at a scene. Now, I was expecting him to want me to ramp up the action sequence or something, but, no, he wanted me to look again at a quiet scene that just features two characters talking. He thought that the point I was trying to make was confused and maybe too subtle. I re-read the script again tonight and, what do you know, he's right.

I'm reminded of something William Stafford once said at a reading I attended. He said, "An editor is your friend who only wants your work to be the best it can be." That's held true in my experience so far.

1 comment:

Aaron said...

As a former copy editor, thank you.

On a related note: I can't wait for the next 100 Girls and Gear School. Glad to hear that you were able to get some writing done today, even if you missed seeing Oscar roll over for the first time. Don't worry: There will be plenty of firsts to come :-)