October 10th, 2011
by Terri Libenson
Back when I first started â€œThe Pajama Diaries,â€ I discovered that I donâ€™t always write good stripsâ€¦but, man, am I good at fixing them.
My late editor, Jay, used to comment on this. Sometimes I feel like a comic strip doctor, capable of dissecting and resuscitating a nearly deceased piece of writing. Of course, this can only happen after a period of time when Iâ€™ve achieved some mental distance. Which, in turn, requires me to sit on the writing for a while.
I donâ€™t know if this stems from earlier years of card editing and rewritingâ€¦or if itâ€™s from pure laziness. Just kidding. Rewriting a strip is often harder than writing one from scratch. But Iâ€™ve found that itâ€™s one of my stronger suits. And thereâ€™s nothing more satisfying than taking an old piece of copy thatâ€™s on the verge of greatness (well, maybe goodness), and bringing it home. Check out these three examples, which I wrote in order, within the span of about 5 months.
This last strip became one of my favs. And it certainly needed that final polishing. Goes to show that you might not start with a winner, but with a little tlc and a lot of patience, you could end up with one.
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