How I Learned to Love (Ruthless) Editing

How I Learned to Love (Ruthless) Editing

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  1. Live to write. Write to live.

    But learn to self-edit if you want someone other than your mom to read it.

    Writing is a calling but publishing is a business.

    And with that I’ve reached my daily limit of three fortune cookies.

    • I’m finding so curious to share these little habits with other people. Being so new in this business, I had no idea that all writers felt this way, but I have to say, I’m loving it! I’ve seen that ‘perfect phrase’ die in front of me, but I’ve also begun to collect them lately. It’s great to see that I’m not the only one.

      Pd: Being a native spanish speaker it’s hard to write in english, but I hope I made my point. 🙂

    • Michael — They’re better than any fortune cookie I’ve ever gotten 😉

      Nora — That’s one of the best things about participating in a writing community! You learn you’re never alone 🙂

  2. Hey Loryn!

    You are right, one of the hardest lessons is to learn to be dead honest with yourself and your writing skills.

    I’m not a big fan of editing, but I don’t hate it. I like doing it when I need to do it. I understand it is part of the process to improve my content and also my writing skills. I feel like I learn by editing my own content.

    It sure is one great way to help yourself improve your writing skills.

    Thank you for sharing this interesting and helpful article!

    Best regards! 😀

    • Thanks, Freddy! I agree, editing is also self-reflection, and it helps you learn more about your strengths and weaknesses. It’s a powerful tool 🙂

  3. Yes, writing is something to take seriously. I have a primary blog that has 250 blog posts. Editing actually never ends. Spelling mistakes, content update, on-page seo updates etc. If you want traffic, you have to deal with it!

    • It’s true, even from a creative writing aspect, there’s always more to play with. True art is never “finished” 😉

  4. Hi Loryn,

    Thanks for a great article!
    I’m fairly new to writing and I don’t consider myself a wordsmith. But I love learning about it.
    And you’re right. The (ruthless) editing is a powerful tool.
    I too keep cut-offs in case I can use them elsewhere.

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