THE ART OF THE EDIT
"Editing is the skill of this century: editing space, media, consumption, friends."
- Graham Hill, Founder of TreeHugger.com and LifeEdited
The Art of the Edit is a weekly email newsletter that explores the ideas, theories, people, businesses, and tools helping us on this path to do things differently.
Why The Art of the Edit? Well, editing is one of my skills and crafts, but as Graham Hill so concisely suggests above—the act of editing is incredibly relevant far beyond the page.
Traditionally, being an editor involves two things: The more high-level editorial planning for a publication (its focus, what to include and what not to) and the more tactical act of taking raw writing and forming it into something cohesive, powerful, clear, concise and fluid.
So much of doing things differently is about what we choose to allow into our lives and work and what we bar entrance. It also involves taking the raw information, emotions, situations and challenges coming at us every day and crafting them into something beautiful, something good, something that we can be proud of.
In this, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite Hindu deities, Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. As a yoga teacher once described to me, Ganesha takes your obstacles into his big belly and churns them into gold.