>The problem with editing is that you have to keep reading the same thing
and over again.
The writing just isn’t as much fun the 50 bizillionth time around.
Ah time…time is so grand. With time we can set one writing project aside, move on to the next one, and come back to the last one after some time has passed. Then we can see it again with fresh eyes, and be able to really look at it critically, cut out the rubbish, add in more flavor, and–with any luck–find that what we wrote was more brilliant than we remembered.
One of the problems writers often run into is that they are impatient. I have to count myself in this category. I get an idea and I want it all to come together–right now. Unfortunately, most of life doesn’t work like that. Writing certainly doesn’t.
We all have our moments of bliss where it all seems to flow so perfectly, but it often doesn’t happen that way, and even when it does, we often find later that what we originally thought was brilliant really is…not so much.
So how does good writing come about?
Writing is a craft, and like any craft, it requires time, practice, patience, and process.
What’s the process involved in creating good writing? Glad you asked. Here’s what it looks like:
- Peer review
Hopefully, this looks at least a little familiar–something you may have heard at some point in school, but weren’t really paying attention because you weren’t sure how it was going to affect your life yet. Now that you’re interested in writing, it’s a good process to review again.
I’ll write more on each of these topics over the next week. Check back to find out more.