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.”