I couldn’t write Tip #8 (Keep your words simple) for NaNoWriMo yesterday without thinking about the first Lu book club I hosted to gather my early readers, ply them with BLTs on my homemade bread, and rapid-fire them with questions about this book I’d written.
My three friends put up with me for over three hours, discussing everything from characters to plot to the love story and the sermons. The food was gone, and we were wrapping up when one of them brought up this choice line from when Lu is first introduced to Ecclesiastes 3:
But these words, these dichotomies of time in their overlapping continuance, read like an invitation to reality …
Beautiful, I thought. One of my favorite lines, and I was glad she’d brought it up.
“Get rid of it,” my friend said.
“Yeah, you got away from yourself there,” said another.
“What does that even mean?” the last asked.
“But I love that line,” I protested.
“You’re the only one.”
“Because you’re the only one who will understand it.”
“Get rid of it.”
Away it went. Check the second-to-last paragraph in Chapter 13 if you don’t believe me. Because as Stephen King says in his third foreword for On Writing:
‘The editor is always right …’ Put another way, to write is human, to edit is divine.