A Pirate’s Dozen Decrees for Self-Editing

Dan Alatorre

To celebrate the upcoming season of Black Sails (what? You aren’t watching Black Sails???) I asked friend of the blog and editor extraoidinaire Julia Willson stop by to share some helpful insights about editing yourself – and she doesn’t mean holding your tongue at parties!

Enjoy these helpful tips!

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Before you ask, AYE—pirates write, too. Vivid tales of life at sea, buried treasure, and cannonball battles. The occasional drunken poetry. And limericks, lots of limericks.

So they are well-qualified to weigh in on the topic of self-editing.

As to your next question: “Blimey! I’m a mighty pirate. Why would I need to edit my own words? Isn’t that what the scurvy editor is for? Why am I shelling out all these doubloons then?”

Well, imagine that your pirate ship is in need of repair. All those cannonballs and rough weeks at sea have taken a toll. Prior to enlisting the…

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