One of the Ways an Editor Can be Very Helpful

“The writer’s object should be to hold the reader’s attention. I want the reader to turn the page and keep on turning until the end. This is accomplished only when the narrative moves steadily ahead, not when it comes to a weary standstill, overloaded with every item uncovered in the research.”

—Barbara W. Tuchman
The writer: “It was at the end of a long day of reading when I found this anecdote. I hate to see it cut.”

The editor: “It’s interesting but it slows things down. Let’s see how it reads without it.”


  1. Hi there! I’ve been trying with much difficulty to identify the year that this quote originated- Do you happen to know? Would be very helpful. Thank you!

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