Words in Print!!!

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!!!


  1. How awesome is that!?!?
    Show us when it's in print too!
    Yay Pat!!

  2. Yea for you! That is so exciting!

  3. Congrats!!!

    I have had a couple of things in print and it always feels so amazing. One of them was edited - and I knew it was - but I couldn't find where it was changed without comparing the two. I was quite happy with it.

  4. Congratulations on your published words..I know how wonderful a writer you are. This is awesome to have recognition for your inner thoughts. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  5. Great job....congratulations, Pat!!!

  6. That IS exciting! I'm doing a little happy dance for you! :)

  7. I am so excited for you and anxious to read the article. I tried searching for the newspaper but didn't have any luck. Let us know more, you are awesomeK!

  8. Congrats on your recognition.

    Word-chopping is a difficult process. I am glad you made it work.

  9. Way to go Pat. A big congratulations!

  10. What fun! Kudos to you, and I'm not surprised it was published. It's an unusual story that I've followed twice now.

  11. It is totally exciting! Congratulations :)