Write. Edit. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit. Edit. Write.
Does this sound familiar? If it doesn’t then you’re probably from Mars, because most of us drive ourselves crazy with self-editing when we write.
And it’s not only when writing.
We self-edit when we’re walking. When you walk on gravel, you walk differently than when you walk on grass.
We self-edit when we’re talking. We choose different words and sentence structure, create different tones, and make different sounds depending on who we’re speaking to.
So self-editing is a very natural part of human behavior. There’s one difference when we self-edit as writers, though.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Does self-editing make you crazy?
Here's an interesting take by Sean D'Souza on why we self-edit and what we need to do to get over it. (Hint: write more. Lots more.)