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effective editing: ABCs and 123s

September 21, 2012

Over the years, I’ve developed my own method to explain editing. It’s simplistic enough to recall from memory using the power of three, as some people are fond of saying. Meaning: our brains have an ability to remember things in sets. If you can use this technique, you’ll conquer that editing pyramid I shared with you last week in effective editing: it’s not terminal, or is it? For the next six weeks I’ll drill down into each application with examples, as promised in this series intro, effective editing.

Here’s the roadmap:




One– dialogue

Two – rhythm and reason

Three– challenge, compare, and contain


Actions Benefit Characters!

Short and sweet this week, but put it to memory, they’ll be a test at the end of all of this.😉

Egads! A triangle…am I stuck in geometrical prison? Perhaps, so program your friendly GPS to return here next week for application fun, and don’t forget to leave a comment. The editing giveaway is off to a great start – rules here – can’t wait to see the winners’ works (yes they’ll be more than one winner)!



the series:

effective editing intro

effective editing: it’s not terminal, or is it?

effective editing: A is for Action

effective editing: The Bs have it

effective editing: What do you C?

effective editing: One Disguise

effective editing: Two – Rhythm and Reason

effective editing: Three – challenge, compare, and contain

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012 5:41 pm

    Cool –such a good device for remembering what’s important in the editing process!

  2. September 23, 2012 5:13 am

    I can’t wait for the application fun!:)

    • September 23, 2012 12:41 pm

      love it Sparks! really appreciate your support with this series, thankyouverymuch!😉

  3. September 21, 2012 1:40 pm

    I thought ABC was “Always Be Cutting.”

    • September 21, 2012 1:45 pm

      Oh, that was good!

      • September 23, 2012 12:32 pm

        thanks, appreciate your kind words, and sticking with me through this series😉

    • September 23, 2012 12:31 pm

      yeah, that’s another one, Mike…I hope this series allows writers to think about tweaking more than cutting, if the theory is in mind as the writer works? hmmm we’ll have to see.:)

  4. September 21, 2012 12:20 pm

    A pyramid! I’m counting on my memory to be as lasting as the Egyptian pyramids. Looking forward to the details that hold this structure firmly in place. Thanks for sharing.

    • September 23, 2012 12:27 pm

      Ohmygosh Linda, that’s good! really appreciate your faith in this series.:)


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