Rewrites are a part of editing. Logically, I know that, but sometimes my emotions just do not understand in the same way. Once I have lovingly crafted my story, to be told I need to rewrite part of it, even if I know it in my head to be true, my heart does not agree.
#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.
Hope is a fascinating emotion; equal parts beneficial and also dangerous. It is the most pervasive emotion, and is fundamental to the human condition. It is the emotion that allows us to continually strive for more, to wish for something better. Here is how hope can be useful in the writing process:
Continuing with my series, Organization In Writing, this week I’ll be discussing one of the most painful, but also rewarding aspects of the writing process – editing:
Editing is a crucial step in the writing process, but often it can feel onerous, and anti-climactic. After you’ve finished the interesting, exciting part, the writing, you now have to go back to the beginning, and edit everything? What the business?
Still, editing is one of the most important steps in the writing processes. It gives your work polish, flow, and clarity, and it helps you to catch minor errors, that a first glance would miss.
Here are a few important things to think about when editing: