Keep It Moving – When Editing Methods Clash

Editing is one of my favorite parts of the writing process. However, that is not the case 100% of the time. Working as an editor or proofreader for others’ work brings me joy because, rather than using the opportunity to tear a piece to shreds, I receive the opportunity to help a fellow writer improve their writing skills or even teach them something new stylistically. When I see my own work, proofreading and editing during my drafting and revision processes occasionally serves as a hindrance.

A sample of my creative writing notebook pages

The best idea is (usually) to stick to one method or another; the two methods I use are editing as I work on a draft or (try to) write a messy draft and edit later on. My struggle, however, is not being able to stick to one of these. I plan on writing a complete draft so I can look it over later, but then the smallest grammatical errors or wordings I do not like catch my eye and sidetrack me.

This is one bad habit I hope to break so I keep better focus in the writing process. It also helps stand against the perfectionism that stems from depression and anxiety. If this did not impede on projects, I would not mind as much as I do when this happens. That is not the case, though.

Do you have any bad editing habits you have to ride out and want to work on? Start up a chat in the comments so we can bounce ideas back and forth!

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