November 28, 2011

The New Breed of Writers

It’s chock full of gold:

The biggest shock to their increasingly delicate systems occurs when they actually see Big Name Writer’s copy emerge from the hands of an editor. How disillusioning to discover that BNW’s article doesn’t arrive in perfect form, that thoughts may be muddy, that insights may be unobserved … and that an editor actually pushes the writer to think, to make the changes, or wades in and makes the changes on his/her own, usually after discussion with said BNW. It is a bruising business, and only the highly articulate need apply. The goal, after all, is to say something worth killing a tree for.

comments

  1. Michael Grant Smith on November 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    This is great, Andrew, thanks.

    I’ve been writing ads and marketing content copy for a mid-sized mail order/E-tail company for almost nine years. If watching your work be edited by committees and ultimately “improved” or vetoed by an opinionated, semi-literate president doesn’t humble you, I don’t know what will. Maybe I should write a book about it…

  2. Deron Bauman on November 29th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Michael, you should.