Every editing conversation should end with positives and those favorite moments your editor found while reading. An editor isn’t there just to tell you what you did wrong. They should also tell you what you did right, what you did well. This is part of constructive criticism. There will always be things that could be improved, but it is easy to get disheartened when all you see – and all anyone ever shows you – is what is bad.
This is also an important note for any editors out there. Make sure you’re looking and making note of those moments that are good. Especially for those moments that are great. Draw a smiley face. Circle it. Tell the author. Let them know when they are doing good things, so they can keep doing those good things. The last thing you want is to make an author feel like they need to change everything about the way they write because you neglected to point out what worked.
In this episode, Ley and Leigh conclude their editing discussion by doing just this. Leigh talks about her favorite moments and themes in The Modakku Anthologies, while Ley shows her favorites from K/D Ratio.
First aired July 30, 2021.
Stay tuned for August. We’ll be talking about different ways to play with time in your story structure. The first episode of Series 23 drops August 2.