Friday, November 5, 2010

editing advice

About revision, I find myself telling writers: Be neither the doting parent, who blindly adores every word; nor the critical parent, who destroys the joy and pleasure of the process through self battery.

Be that balanced parent who says: "Lovely. Bravo. Now practice it again until it's perfect."


  1. I wish I had some witty response to this email but all I can say is: thank you Kelly...and I wish you had been my mother.

  2. Man (to cab driver): How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

    Cab driver: Practice, practice, practice!