A rock is pulled out from a mineshaft deep in the earth. It is jagged, covered in dirt and dust, and though its weight might give it away, by looking, no one would guess it was a valuable ore. Six months later, this rock is on display at a jewelry store in a posh neighborhood, sold for millions of dollars, but as I’m sure you can imagine, it has changed drastically since and many hands have worked to sculpt it. I’ve heard the ore metaphor used many times, especially in the artistic community. When I was in school, rarely were we told to improve, but rather to refine. Our work, our craft, and our imaginations already had everything they needed to shine, but a process was necessary to take raw instinct and transform it into a finished product. This process, the editing process as it is known for literary purposes, has been my life for the past year. Both professionally at CATMEDIA and on my own, I have worked as a writer and an editor—culminating in a screenplay we are producing into a feature length film later this year. In this trial-by-fire setting, I’ve picked up a few tips to share with you if you are a scriptwriter who seeks an editor or if you are an editor in need of guidance.