My article was published - woohoo!!!! A heavily edited version of my earlier post- The 2nd Annual Descent of the Urbanites, was just published in a local weekly paper, The North Fork Journal.
There was even a little link to the article on the front page!!!!
I was excited and honored. As I may have mentioned previously, I had to pare the original piece down from 1380 words to 634 !
The editor of the paper shaved it down even further - taking out about 62 more words and re-wording the opening paragraph. It had to be between 500-600 words to fit.
I have to say, she did a great job.
It is obviously much easier to to edit, when you are not personally attached to each and every word that falls out of your head and onto the paper!! How egocentric is that!! LOL
Florence mentioned having lunch with a writer friend, discussing this very issue of editing. The friend quoted Hemingway, who called editing "murdering your little darlings"! How cool to think I have something in common with Hemingway!!!
While researching this quote, I discovered a similar phrase has been paraphrased multiple times thru' the ages, and has passed thru' the lips, pens, and typewriters of many different writers.
. It was first attributed to William Faulkner, but then thought to have originated in 1916, from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch- "murder your darlings"
Apparently, writers all feel the same about their words. Or, I guess, anyone like me, who puts pen to paper (or fingers to computer keyboards!)
Stephen King wrote in his 2000 book On Writing (which I have somewhere around here!)
"....kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.."
" It’s always easier to kill someone else’s darlings than it is to kill your own.“ I guess that was why it was easier for the newspaper editor to cut down my words to fit!!!
Some other truisms I discovered that I can totally relate to:I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. — Ernest Hemingway
When rewriting, move quickly. It's a little like cutting your own hair. — Robert Stone
I don't know where this is heading, but it all came out of the excitement of having my words published.Woohoo!!!