Editing, the sport of kings

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.


M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.


  1. You have a wonderful and healthy attitude about the editing process – I’ll definitely try to emulate it as I work on self-edits and external comments. I’m sure this outlook and work ethic will serve you well as you get your work ready for eager readers. Keep at it and best of luck!

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