Ten Second Writing Tip: Ugly Babies Need the Most Love of All

by Gayle Towell


You have completed your manuscript, all pleased with your own brilliance—so pleased, in fact, that when you read back over it for editing, you skip to the good parts so you can give yourself a congratulatory nod.

My friend, you have unwittingly fallen victim to a form of confirmation bias. If you’re scanning for words that demonstrate your authorial brilliance like an anti-vaxer in search of autism, then stop right there. Go back and look the ugly prose-bastard straight in the eye. That naked mole-rat of language lurking in the dark corners of your manuscript—that’s where the editing needs to happen.

Check your ego and roll up your sleeves.

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