I miss editing. Don’t get me wrong — I love dedicating ten minutes each day to writing. But I do miss digging deep into a rough piece to shine and polish and make it sparkle. I miss getting lost in deleting clauses, adding concrete nouns, removing adverbs, replacing flaccid verbs with active ones.
I submitted a Wine Tourism Conference write-up to our editorial team for the WordPress.com news blog, Hot Off the Press, and I was thrilled when I received a thoughful list of suggestions for how to tighten up the piece. The edits made me realize how much my writing habits have changed. I live by the motto “Perfect is the enemy of Done” these days, and as a result, I publish sloppy work. I’m getting words on the screen, and that’s what I can do with limited time.
Maybe I can figure out a way to add editing back in. Maybe a 2016 goal can be to allocate a portion of my 10-minutes-per-day to editing. I could experiment with a 10-minute write once per week, and use each 10-minute “write” thereafter to refine and polish. That tends to be the distribution of time for completing a stronger piece: 1/7 writing, 6/7 editing. I think I’d like that.
For the month of November, I am participating in NaBloPoMo and plan to publish every day of the month. Usually, I will publish a 10-minute free write, initiated by a prompt from my prompt box. Minimal editing. No story. Just thoughts spilling onto the page. Follow along with the tag #NovemberDaily.
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I only love editing when the writer is good. Recently, I’ve been editing a lot of pieces for terrible writers, which makes it much less fun. How did you get through editing poor writing?
Makes sense to me. I found very quickly that writing every day isn’t mine. I go back, rephrase, revise, and even then miss something. It’s a learning curve.
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I’m not exactly a “fan” of editing. I tend to go overboard and it kind of bites at my confidence when the words don’t flow like famous novels.
If you miss editing that much, I’d be happy to have you edit my nonfiction book which I’m finishing up as part of NaNonFiWriMo. It’s working title is American Notary Basics: What Every Notary Needs to Know. Wordcount is currently over 50K and I’m still adding articles to it. Deadline to finish the first draft is 11-30-15. Then I will edit it before I send it out for others to proofread. So, are you interested?
Good lesson for me . I am trying on https://shareofheartblog.wordpress.com/
The same! Pruning and restructuring but still managing to preserve the writer’s authenticity is delightful in its own way.
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