What Do Fiction Writing and Film Editing Have in Common?

Writing Fiction and Film Editing

I read an interesting article on editing. Well, not just editing, but how to do it effectively. Did you know that in “Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola filmed and edited thousands and thousands of feet of film. Mental Floss puts the footage at 1.5 million feet.” (1)

So, why did Coppola take so much footage?

He took that much so that he’d have plenty of room for cutting. He could pick and choose what would make each scene the best it could be.

This is the same with writing fiction.

You might want to write more than you need so when you get into the editing phase, you can choose what will work and what won’t work for each scene. You’ll have plenty of content to make choices and get it just right.

For more on editing, check out:

Editing a Children’s Book – 10 Tips Checklist for Authors

Revisions and Editing – Do a Verb and Word Check

3 Reasons Editing Should Come Before Self-Publishing


(1) http://www.glimmertrain.com/bulletins/essays/b131boast.php

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