The most helpful bit of editing advice I ever got was from poet Michele Glazer. She said, “revision IS writing.”
In other words, there’s no difference between the “writing” process and the editing process. You don’t just write a draft, make some changes, correct the spelling, and call it good.
As a writer, you need to be open to new ideas that may occur during the revision process, and be brave enough to follow them — thus, leading you back into a writing mode. See? Revision IS writing, so it’s best to just accept that fact upfront.
Having said all that, I realize that’s just the method that’s worked for me. Plenty of other writers have success when they stick to a writing schedule, write-write-write, and then save the editing for the end. Other writers barrel through a draft and then hand it off to a writing group or workshop.
And while it’s always advisable to enlist the help of an editing professional before you publish anything, you CAN take care of a lot of the editing work beforehand. Here’s a series of articles that will help you find the editing process that works best for you.
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What’s your editing process? Have you changed it up over the years? Let us know in the comments section below.
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