Editing as You Go versus Editing After the Fact
ihonestlyjustdontknow asked: would you recommend editing while writing (like going back to add things in and edit after a few chapters) or just finish the whole thing, then go back?
I recommend trying both and seeing what works best for you. Circumstances make a difference. Your strategy might depend on what is getting edited, the size of the changes, how you feel about those changes, the number of baby pigeons in Singapore, etc. The former strategy may work better in one situation and the latter may better work in another.
For me, it’s a matter of constant experimentation, not one hard and fast rule. You may eventually find an editing style that works for you every time, but it can take a long time to strike upon the perfect mix and the mix with certainly change from writer to writer.
For more on editing, check out these posts:
- Understanding Editing: Revising vs. Proofreading
- Four Types of Book Editing from amandaonwriting
- Writing Tips: Proofreading from kgillsrpc
- 25 Things You Should Know about Revising and Rewriting from terribleminds
- Editing Your Work (Keep Clam and Proofread*) from jrlbennett
- Revision Day One: The Read Through from theartofnotwriting
- Revision Day Two: Giant List of Doom from theartofnotwriting
- Problems Editing Work from sunscraps
- Writer’s Editing Checklist by Dawn Arkin
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