Pride and Prejudice - The STORY GRID edition - Annotated by SHAWN COYNE

What It Takes

What It Takes

Subjective Truth, Editors and Resistance, #2

By Shawn Coyne
Published: July 21, 2017

In my last post I wrote about how editors’ primary jobs are to deliver objective truth to their writers.

If the writer hasn’t specifically outlined and delivered step-by-step instructions in his proposed How-To book, the editor tells the writer that their choice of Genre requires them to do so.

The editor then proposes changes to the work that’s On The Page in order to best comply with the writer’s stated intentions that are again already On The Page. If it’s a How-To Take Charge of Your Finances kind of book, the editor suggests that the writer move one piece of material and put it elsewhere.

                  Teach them how to literally balance their checkbook before you tell them about cash flow…

She suggests that the writer consider adding additional material, perhaps photographs or line drawings, to better instruct the potential reader.

Delivering objective truth is empowering.
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