I’m hosting a guest post today by Dr. Donna Gardner, author of children’s book “Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children”. Please welcome her to my blog.
In this guest post, we will explore the often dreaded, but critical task of editing. Let’s begin with a quote from Editor Robert Gottlieb:
Editing is simply the application of the common sense of any good reader. That’s why, to be an editor, you have to be a reader. It’s the number one qualification.
Gottlieb gets right to the crux of the matter; we become better editors of literature by remaining consumers of literature. Let’s stop to think about that for a moment. What was the last book that you read? Did you enjoy it? If you did, my guess would be that you liked the book because it held your attention. There are several different elements that a writer can manipulate to captivate their audience.
Today let’s talk about one element, the idea that simple and clear is always better. Writers who express their point in a distinct and direct way are more likely to hold the reader’s interest.
So here’s the Tip: when reading through the rough draft(s) of your manuscript, be on the look out for unnecessary words. For example, words and phrases that are vague and/or repetitive should be deleted. Or as artist Maya Lin shares “…strip things down so that you need just the right amount of words… to convey what you need to convey…”
I want to leave you with one final thought. Your editing process is two fold, modifying the manuscript to improve how it sounds vs. how it looks. You can read a bit more about the difference in this link provided by the University of California at Berkley: http://slc.berkeley.edu/editing-vs-revision
Well this concludes my guest post. Today we were discussing the seemingly tedious, but necessary process of editing. You can read some of my work by visiting my blog: www.donnadoctora.com. Also, be sure to take a look at my recently published Children’s book entitled Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children, which can be found here www.pearlsandtoolswisdom.com.
Keep Writing (and editing)!
About the Book
Author: Donna Gardner
Genre: Children’s Book
Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?
As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.
Dr. Donna Gardner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in possession of a Georgia certification in School Psychology and a Georgia license in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience working in Pre-K -to-12 schools, and other clinical settings such as foster care and community based mental health agencies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, intervention, consultation, and counseling.
In addition, Dr. Gardner has over 8 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for institutions such as Long Island University, Argosy University, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University, and Iona College. She has published several articles in peer reviewed psychological journals and has presented at various national conferences. Dr. Gardner is a native New Yorker, now residing in Atlanta Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Donna is in the process of publishing two additional books: the first a memoir/self-help book on coping with mood disorders, the second a children’s book on multicultural resiliency.
When not engrossed in psychology or writing, Dr. Donna enjoys dancing, practicing Bikram Yoga, traveling, sampling new restaurants, doing community service activities with her sorority, and spending time with family & friends.
You can find Dr. Donna on:
Her Website – www.donnadoctora.com
Facebook for the book – https://www.facebook.com/pearlsandtoolsofwisdom
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/drdonnagardner
Twitter – @donnadoctora6
Instagram – Dr. Donna Gardner
Buy the Book: https://www.createspace.com/5653183