by Amanda Forester
The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. --John Steinbeck
I used to look forward to Sundays because the newspaper would publish the comics in color. Remember the olden days when they had newspapers? In honor of the Sunday funnies I’ve attached some clips and quotes about the editing process from a more lighthearted perspective. After all, if you do not keep your sense of humor in this business you will soon decide your father was right all along and drop writing to pursue that career in underwater welding. Yeah Dad, I know, unlike writers they’re always in demand.
I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. –Anne Lamott
Writing is an odd business. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how you could and should improve your work. From copy editors, to the grocery checkout clerk, to your great aunt Edna, there is no end of advice when it comes to improving your novel. Of course some advice is very good, the kind you love to have and pay to get. Other advice is, well… more like this.
For business reasons, I must preserve the outward sign of sanity. –Mark Twain
As writers, we know how to accept professional criticism. We are consummate professionals. We accept rejection and negative feedback with grace and dignity… as shown in the next clip.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. --Thomas Mann
I think that pretty much sums it up! Did you see yourself in any of these clips?