Self-Editing, Part 1

Recently, I heard a writer describe her editor as “the person who puts the hyphen in anal-retentive.” Had the editor been there, I’m sure she would have been beaming at such a compliment.

Some writers think editing is easy; others know better, especially after their manuscript comes back marked up. Editing deals from the small (hyphens, capitalization, and other minutia that can only be learned after having spent a lot of time with The Chicago Manual of Style) to greater issues of whether a character’s name is suddenly something else or a scene in the story is bogging down… Continue reading

Where I Write … Kestrel T. Andersen

Well this is not an easy question to answer.  I live in a drafty old 1829 farmhouse and I depend greatly upon the season to answer the question of “Where I Write.”

Kestrel with the cats -- writing in the living room.

Kestrel with the cats — writing in the living room.

Since it is Spring (but early Spring) I am still writing near the woodstove in the living room.  I will have my netbook or my pad of paper and be sitting in my comfy chair… Continue reading