What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing, January 17, 2017 By Anna Pitoniak
I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever I can grab the free time. I began my first novel (which is publishing today) while I was working as an editor, and I credit my job with giving me the courage, and the tools, to tackle writing a book. The truth is that spending one’s life reading good writing—not just reading it, but thinking about what makes it so good—is the best way to teach one’s self how to do it. For some people, this might mean enrolling in an MFA program. For me, I was lucky enough to learn by observing the other editors around me, and working on manuscripts as they went from rough drafts to finished books. It was the best writing education I could have received. Here are a few of the things I learned along the way:
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very helpful. thanks for posting.
Thank you, Rachel. It’s not often I come across something as on point as this editor’s piece!
Thanks for this great share Claire 🙂
I found this absolutely invaluable.
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Yes. Thank you 🙂