A writer’s journey (part four) – editing all the time

Writing never stops and neither does editing.

I’ve found that I almost enjoy editing a piece more than writing one. At the end of the day, I like to say, “Look how much this piece has grown! It has more character developments and details. It also flows more since I took out the first three chapters.” Rather than, “I wrote it down.” Writing it down doesn’t mean it’s good.

Despite the different titles of editor and writer, writers edit more than people suspect. Some dread editing and put their piece in the corner until they remember they have to edit it months later. Some edit as soon as they finished a piece.

But there does come this time in a writer’s career where it’s a constant state of editing. I have pages upon pages to edit or I’m making sure a certain idea gets across. Sometimes I send my work off to beta readers and hope they don’t hate it. Either way, no writer can avoid editing.

Editing to me is more like a stepping stone. Each time I edit, I’m one step closer to making the story the best it can be. I love editing. But I’m not sure every writer loves editing so much it feels like breathing.

What do you think?

Want to continue along my journey?
Part one — research
Part two — writer’s platform
Part three — time management
Part five — small publications
Part six — editing jobs
Part seven — dead stop
PART NINE — Getting published in a journal

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