Writing Tip: 48#

Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.

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One comment

  1. Ace Parks · May 27

    This is always an issue for me! If i ever get stumped (which is, uh, often) I’ll go back and reread bits to ‘reimerse’ myself in the world – or if i intend to share a piece with someone I have to reread to be sure i dont humiliate myself….
    And then i see them – the chunks i just threw for the sake of progressing to what I actually felt like writing; the bits written when i didnt feel like writing at all, when i was uninspired but forced out anyway; and the bits written in frenzy, mind moving faster than hands, not caring about word choice or spelling so long as I got the concept down.
    And then i must rewrite them. It must be fixed – before i forget how awful the section is (which would of course be rediscovered later, but “what if this-that-or-the-other”), or before i can dare show it to another living soul.

    And then im in editing mode, and editing mode is where I stay until I’ve redone / fixed the whole draft-so-far.

    Yes, do not under any circumstances reread your manuscript until it’s finished.

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