Month: September 2014

The Autodidact’s Dilemma

Story Grid

Faced with the reality that the editors with whom I was apprenticed (very respected, very talented, and very generous) did not have the time or the textbooks necessary to teach me how to Edit, I set out to teach myself. The primary dilemma when we face a task that is foreign to us is “where… Read more »

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Where Did The Story Grid Come From?

Story Grid

When I began my editorial career at one of the major New York publishing houses, there was no systematic process to learn how to edit a Story. That is, how to read a Story, diagnose its strengths and vulnerabilities, and then help the creator heighten the highs and eliminate the lows. There was no training… Read more »

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What an Editor Does

Story Grid

When a person meets me for the first time and learns that I make my living as a literary editor, the first question he invariably asks is: “What exactly is it that you do?” The book I’m writing, The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, and this website is the long answer. The short answer… Read more »

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