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Fire Up Your Writing Brain by Susan Reynolds

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Chapter 12

Call in Your Executive Brain

Don Your Editor’s Cap

“You need a certain head on your shoulders to edit a novel, and it’s not the head of a writer in the thick of it, nor the head of a professional editor who’s read it in twelve different versions. It’s the head of a smart stranger who picks it off a bookshelf and begins to read. You need to get the head of that smart stranger somehow. You need to forget you ever wrote that book.”

—Zadie Smith

All writers benefit from the ministrations of an editor. While the writer is the artist, the editor is the mechanic, or the craftsman of the final product. The editor works in tandem with the writer, bringing unique talents and a fresh and more comprehensive perspective.

Few, if any, writers whose ...

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