Scrubbing the Grand Canyon Dam with a Toothbrush


  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey November 5, 2013 at 8:51 am .

    You are so right, Mark. I feel as though writing/revising/editing is the neverending story in itself. As long as we keep trying, we continue to learn, frequently change our habits or process to conform to changing conditions/trends/demands, constantly raise the bar for ourselves (or have it raised by our editors). It’s a journey without a known final destination..

  2. Mark
    Mark November 5, 2013 at 8:54 am .

    Thank you, Pat !

  3. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek November 5, 2013 at 10:28 am .

    I think this is so very good. It is about both, a lesson I’ve been learning over the last several years. And maybe the larger lesson for me, it’s not personal. Deleting, changing, editing, critiques– they’re not personal. You’re right– what I love when I read is the story, the art. But getting there takes a lot of precision crafting.

  4. Phyllis Neher
    Phyllis Neher November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am .

    I love it! “I don’t care about his word choices—just give me the damn story.” That’s so true!!That made me giggle really hard inside. You nailed it for me. I feel that way a lot when I read and no matter what, I always have some type of word choice issue in my WIP. Should I learn to stop banging my head on the desk and just accept it? Mistakes? There wouldn’t be erasers on pencils if there weren’t any. Interesting that a writing tool would have such a handy feature, don’t you think?

  5. Julia Munroe Martin
    Julia Munroe Martin November 5, 2013 at 10:46 am .

    I can really relate to this… I always find something, no matter how many times I’ve revised or reviewed anything I’ve written. Now, in the querying stage with one manuscript, I hate reading it because I inevitably find something I want to change… and I guess to me that’s the answer: the writer in me will always find something to perfect. It’s the nature of the craft.

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