Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
In the comments thread of my post last week on the myth of the evil editor, a reader posted this, in reference to writers who don't want or don't believe they need outside editing:
Wouldn't the adage apply: A writer who edits him/herself has a fool for a client.
I would turn that around: A writer who doesn't edit him/herself has a fool for a client.
No writer--especially, no fiction writer--can be completely objective about his or her own work. We all need an outside eye--not just an editor for the finished book, but input from readers (friends, colleagues, a writers' group) as the project progresses.
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