🎶 Dusk by Ford
No editor can ever afford the rejection of a good thing, and no author the publication of a bad one. The only difficulty lies in drawing the line.Thomas Wentworth Higginson*
Some of the most rewarding experiences in life are sitting right in front of us, but they're hidden because no one bothered to tell us they exist.
For the last year, I've been telling all my friends how incredible it's been to work with Rachel Jepsen. In title, she's our Senior Editor at Holloway. But she is so much more—a poet and a musician with a hauntingly beautiful voice. At her core, Rachel is a teacher. After more than a year of writing with her, I rarely sit down at a keyboard and find myself blocked with worry or without the tools to open up the elusive valve that controls the flow of words, and I went from having written twenty or so blog posts to publishing 340 pages in about a year.
People tell you about how important it is to find and work with a great co-founder, find the right life partner—but no one told me that, in order to be a writer, you need to find yourself a hell of an editor. There’s plenty of misconceptions about what editors do—that they merely fix misspellings and grammar, marking up your mistakes in red pen. Yes, they do those things (though Rachel mostly wields pixels instead of a pen), but that’s not where their magic lies. A truly great editor can tell you what’s missing, superfluous, or flat-out wrong about your writing while simultaneously pouring you a cocktail of positive emotions and pointing you in the direction of the solution.
Some work can be done in isolation. The myth of the lone genius pecking away at a keyboard in their remote cabin in the woods is pervasive but largely untrue. Writing is a team sport. And great work, Good Work, comes from a symbiosis of at least two minds encouraging, challenging, and inspiring each other.
That’s Good Work for this week. Looking forward to what’s next.
Andy and the Holloway Team