Why self-editing doesn’t work and the 4 common editing mistakes writers should avoid if they want to get published.
This week I’m going to stop my yammering for a whole five minutes and let Jarrett have center stage. If you’re new around here (hi!), Jarrett is my husband, and he’s a reformed attorney turned writer and thinker at a Washington D.C. based think tank.
Jarrett helps with a few things behind the scenes here at c&b but mostly spends his time fending off the overbearing editor he lives with who routinely harangues him about headlines and fluffy words.
So today, we’re sharing the real-life story of how he sold a piece to NPR’s James Beard Award-winning blog The Salt, how we edited it together, and how revising anything can kick your butt up and down the page so hard you’ll turn to the
bottle mason jar of moonshine.
But I’ll let Jarrett tell the story.
Here’s Jarrett, who only hates me a smidge after we went through this editing process: