Category: Revising a Manuscript

An Appreciation of the Art of Editing

Editing is an art. Before I was a published writer, I worked as an editor of scientific and technical publications in a university laboratory. I came to the job without a strong background in the lab’s research area, oceanography, underwater acoustics and polar science,…

Background on A Triple Knot: Joan and Thomas—a few deleted scenes

Everything about the creative process intrigues me. A colleague once told me that he saves every discarded bit as he works on a book and reviews all of the material with care when he’s doing the last revisions, just to make certain he didn’t…

The Writing Life: Music as Muse

A warm, golden summer evening, caught in traffic, luckily in the shade of huge old trees bordering the university, but anxious about being late. I knew it was no use obsessing, it was a gorgeous evening and the bridge was up for boaters. It…

Manuscript Limbo

I hit send on a thoroughly rewritten manuscript this morning. It’s off to my publisher. I feel numb. At midnight last night (or this morning?) I finished proofing the last round of changes and felt a wonderful sense of calm. I slept well. But…

“One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines….The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”  Émile Zola This quote from today’s Writer’s Almanac struck a chord as I dash toward the end of this revision….