#1. Editing While Writing:
This may not be true for everyone, but I know many people who get hung up on editing while they’re writing. I find this to be severely limiting, and it interrupts the flow of my thoughts. Yes, the squiggly red line on the screen is bothersome to me too, but if I take the time to go back and fix every squiggly little red line, it makes me lose focus. For me, writing time is writing time, and editing must come afterwards.
#2. Not Editing At All:
Editing can be quite annoying, but it is such a necessary element of the writing process. It allows writers to hone and refine their writing, and also catch typos and small errors that can catch a reader up, and pull them out of the narrative that has been created. While it is exciting to release your work out into the public, it is also easy to get so carried away, that you don’t do your due diligence to the editing process.
Some writers seem to greatly underestimate the intelligence of the readers. While I certainly believe that clarity is paramount, there is a world of difference between clarifying, and repeating a point that has already been made. The latter is tedious, interfering with the flow of the writing, and can even be offensive.
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