Monday, August 19, 2013

Wench Writing Tools - Can you just stop editing?

In my voyage to assimilate more writing tools, here's one that grabbed my attention.

Can you just stop editing?

I'm the kind of girl that likes to run through a story, from beginning to end, and then go back to do my first round of edits. But lately, I've heard of many people that edit as they go along. I never would've thought of this as a problem as my mind is wired differently (maybe because I'm typically a pantser). 

These writers have confessed to me that the write a page, read it, change it, and then move onto the next page. (or some semblance of this process) I can see a bit of insanity in that but it may be the way someone has to work. Myself, I have to purge and it's hard for me to even write out of the normal timeline. My old critique group warned me against over editing as it could actually take some of the passion out of your story. 

I've hung around with a few perfectionists as well and my muse has a fictional anxiety attack when I see these intense people in action. If I'm a pantser that has enough ideas in my head to warrant a stay in a padded cell, then there is no way that I could wrap my head around the idea of making every sentence perfect as my muse rattles off in my awaiting ear. It's just 

What do you guys do when it comes to editing? Do you edit at certain points, like each chapter/page? Do you send it to a perfectionist as you go along? Or do you totally wing it and spew the words on the fictional page? What works for you?

)))Corset Hugs(((

Ginny Lynn
Wench Writer


  1. I'm a pantser, but I write like 2 steps forward, 1 step back. It's had its first "edit" when I write The End. It also keeps me in the flow and feel of the story after having slept or been away from the keyboard.

    1. Wendy,
      Good plan and less intimidating. I may try that.
      Thanks and ))) Corset Hug (((