Some writers love writing. Others love the editing phase of writing. They're probably in the minority. I'm one of those that loves both phases.
Those days when I seem to channel the character are bliss. I can't seem to type fast enough. I can sit at the computer and write her/his story for hours. If the "voice" in my head falters, I stop and re-read the last few pages and, voila, the character begins to talk to me again.
When I edit those pages, the process is slower - but just as much fun. I read more slowly, analyzing the words. If a phrase makes me stumble, I tear it apart and figure out what is "off". Is it a particular word? Is the construction awkward? Is it out of place? Does it need to be cut altogether? Is it repetitive? Once I have "perfected" it or even cut it, I move on.
I try not to edit while I'm in the "flow" of writing. For me, it works to do the writing in two phases. The first is "creative". The second is "critical". If there is a third phase, it's "peace." Peace is reading the passage or manuscript and not making a single note or change.
What is your method of writing and editing?
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