The Slow, Meticulous, Slog of Editing

Writing is hard, and rewriting and editing can be even harder. I’m nearing the end of yet another rewrite of a novel that’s taken me way longer than I care to admit, but what’s important is that I’m determined to finish it. In fact, I’m determined to finish all the projects I’ve started, and there are quite a few. Last year I was at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon when Colm Toibin was asked what advice he would give to other writers. Firstly, he said, ‘What are you doing here? Go home and write,’ and he also said, ‘finish everything you start, because then you have something you can sell.’

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