Should I Edit as I Go, or Save the Editing for Later?
Who’s excited about the crappy first draft??!!
That’s what we’re shooting for. While a few writers find success through editing along the way and making everything perfect as they go, MOST are better off writing whole chapters or even whole books before going back for revisions.
Some authors use a technique called “fast drafting” in which they get the first draft of the book on the page as quickly as possible. It’s very rough, leaving out much of the detail. The magic happens in the revision stage, which takes much longer.
The key is to experiment and find what works for YOU. If you have perfectionist tendencies, definitely try to hold those at bay or you’ll find they keep you from making forward progress.
What’s YOUR preference? Edit as you go, or save it till later?
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