Your Merciless Friends

In an earlier post, we offered advice on how to prime the creative pump if you found yourself stymied as to what to write. The old writer’s block.

This past weekend’s issue of the Wall Street Journal had a column by Deborah Landau in a complementary vein. You’ve written something but now you need someone — preferably a friend, a real close friend — to read it and make mercilous editorial suggestions, since writers are notoriously bad at killing their “darlings.”

Landau is a poet but the process is the same and can be a life saver if you are a contributing member of a collaborative blogging team. Take a look at the column she calls “The Best Readers Are Merciless Friends.”

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About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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2 Responses to Your Merciless Friends

  1. Linda Wasserman says:

    Bob,

    Thanks for the link to this article. I enjoyed it very much — and Deborah’s words are so true.

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  2. Bob McCarthy says:

    Linda: Thank you for the comment. I, for one, suggest that access to the Internet and the low cost / no cost access to publishing will encourage the type of “social editing” that Deborah discusses in her article.

    Bob McCarthy

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