Revising and Editing (Macheté Not Included)


Remember Jack T. Colton from the movie, Romancing the Stone? While he and romance novelist, Joan Wilder, are lost in a Colombian jungle, he wields his macheté and chops off her shoe heels. She says, “These were Italian.” He replies, “Now they’re practical.”

If I want to sell my manuscripts, I have to be practical, too. That means ruthlessly cutting characters, backstory, and other elements, which aren’t essential to the story. Sometimes the process is like hacking my way through a jungle. Too bad a macheté and Jack T. Colton aren’t included.

How do you make revising and editing easier?


  1. Not only hacking though the jungle, also like throwing your baby to the alligators. But then, like Jack, you might end up with a pair of alligator skin boots.

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