A personal theory of editing

Editing is like combing knots out of hair, starting at the very tip and gradually working the tangles out, then going a little further, and coaxing those snarls down to the ends, applying conditioner and picking with a fine tooth comb at the worst tangles. And occasionally finding bits of glue or gum and giving up, getting out the scissors, and just cutting out a whole hank of strands.

Tiny pen drawing of a girl combing her hair

By this analogy, the first draft is like driving a fast car with the top down, your hair whipping in the wind.

Tiny pen drawing of a fast car

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