Editing, the sport of kings

by | Dec 29, 2012 | Editing | 2 comments

Editing is a sport.

Not a contact sport, not a team sport, not even an individual sport like tennis. But it’s a sport nonetheless, the sort like swimming or track and field, where what matters is beating your personal best. A faster time. A farther distance.

At the end of every editing pass is the sense of personal satisfaction: I’ve done my best; this can’t get any better. But you start again, and it does get better. The story smooths out, tightens up, pulls together.

Editing’s not about rejecting what has gone before; it’s about surpassing it. No fear. No tears. Just a growing sense of satisfaction.


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