“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
…or editing, in my case. Been editing for three different associates in the writing field (which really cuts into my own writing time, mind you, while also balancing that job hunting…), and I have to say, I’m beginning to gain a new appreciation for that particular toll. Writers work to see their plots realized, their characters surging with life, and the logic sound (mostly). Editors are the ones that go over things with the fine tooth comb, connecting the dots and working to actually make things easy on the eyes.
Flow, people. Some have it. Some don’t.
Of course, Hemingway’s old maxim doesn’t help matters here, either: “Write drunk. Edit sober.”
Editors don’t get to escape!