Fiction File: Editing While Writing?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a File for you fiction folks.

I’ve run into some people who like to edit while they write. To get everything just right before moving on.

I applaud them. I’ve even tried to do things that way.

And personally, I get tripped up almost every time.

To me, editing while writing–or even proofreading while writing–stops my creative juice. I start to wonder if everything else in a story is fine–even if I haven’t finished it yet. Then I go back to read the whole thing, and pick at other parts here and there.

For me, it’s much easier to get things all out on paper, and then go back over it carefully. That way, I go over a finished story 3-4 times, instead of going over parts of an incomplete story 15 times.

What about you?

Do you like to get all your thoughts down on paper first and go back, or clean things up as you go along? Drop me a line in the comments, and let me know, all right?

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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4 Responses to Fiction File: Editing While Writing?

  1. I agree! I tend to go over a scene several times and recently posted a blog on the subject, too. Trying to see what others do. I tend to rewrite if a scene is actually bothering me right away. But I agree that it stops the creative ideas plowing through. I’m definitely more interested in getting the story down first, then worry about the other stuff later. I’ve gotten into a habit of even writing “fix” or “add more here” so that I mark what scene is bothering me, but that I can keep letting the flow happen without tripping myself up.

    • Ty Mall says:

      Blushing, there are times I stop to rewrite right away, too. But I find that focusing on the small stuff lets the big picture slip at times (just my opinion). There are times I’ve written things in brackets or all caps right in the middle of a scene to remind myself how it needs to be fixed. I’ve also written things at the end of a paragraph or story if I stop without finishing, so I know what to do when I come back. I appreciate your thoughts, and thanks for visiting.

  2. I like to edit as I go along, because I won’t remember everything I want to put into a scene the first time I write it. So when I go back and edit before moving forward, I’m usually doing it for consistency’s sake.

    • Ty Mall says:

      Thanks for stopping by, C.A. Consistency is important. I can see why you don’t wait until the end of a draft to go back. I didn’t think of it that way.

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