In Which We Commence with the Editing

In the immortal words of Dr. Suess,

So the writer who breeds more words then he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads

Welcome to this place, a place concerned with words. This little spot in this little corner of this vast web is animated by the power, flow, rush, and rage of words. One word after another, arranged just so, to communicate just this and that in some shape or another in order to tap into the infinite power of words.

But before one hits publish, one must edit.

And that is why I am here.

Welcome to my blog! This blog will concern itself with the arrangement of words in the stories we tell. Fiction or non-fiction, poem or prose, academic or popular culture, salacious or real Christian-like (or Buddhist like if you will), it does not matter; if it is written, it will interest me and hopefully you too.

As a writing teacher, writer, and academic, I have done plenty of thinking about writing and grammar. Sometimes I think it is important, for the sake of affect, to leave the errors in place. There are occasions when those errors need to be excised from the text. This blog will be the place where we discuss those decisions.

What I am looking to do here is promote the idea of writing as an art. The editor that I aim to be is one that understands this simple fact.

This blog will generally feature writings that catch my eye, writings that help us delve more deeply into the art of writing. One of the reasons I decided to be a copyeditor is because it is one of the few jobs where you get paid to be a professional reader (unless, of course, you are a professional reader). How crazy is that?

It is a dream.

Each week, I will cover a different text, and hopefully, together we can dive into the art of writing.