Editing As You Write

I shared both of these articles (I think) with my Twitter followers, but thought I would post them here, too, just in case you missed seeing them on my Twitter feed. (What, you mean you don’t read everything single thing I post on Twitter? 😉 )

The first article concerns editing as you write. Basically, the one thing most fiction writing advice has in common is not to edit as you write, but to write up everything as fast as possible for your first draft, then go back and polish it. I’m sure this works for some people, but I question how well it works for me, so I was happy to find this article.

Second, I have a great post from K.M. Weiland’s blog. (Note: if you write fiction and you aren’t reading her blog, go read it ASAP! It’s amazing!) Basically, she recommends going back every 20,000 words or so (that’s approximately fifty pages, give or take) and editing what you’ve written. I think that sounds like an excellent idea for catching silly mistakes and plot holes.

Note that neither of these articles implies that you will have zero editing to do when you’re finished. There will most likely be more stuff to fix. These techniques will help produce a cleaner draft, though, and that’s always a good thing.


One thought on “Editing As You Write

  1. Interesting stuff! I think I’m with one of the commenters on KM Weiland’s article that I couldn’t *edit* after 20k, I’d risk falling off the progress wagon or otherwise falling into a hole of editing and getting the start right before I could continue, but I do love the idea of reading over it and checking in with how you’re tracking as you go to sort of keep the big picture awareness in your head.

    I think there’s really valuable thinking about how editing/revision works in both of these though. It’s about building a story in parts, rather than seeing it as an unbreakable whole 🙂


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