When. To. Stop.

My writing is broken into two parts: brain dump, and editing. Brain dump usually takes a lot longer than I think it will, because I go off on tangents. First edit is eliminating excess content. Second edit is much tougher: wordsmithing, reviewing and revising ad nauseum. Because it’s imperative to hit the note to just right. Even on the throwaway blog entries, I sometimes get this obsessive compulsion to tweak phrases. Like the last entry, I must have edited and saved over twelve times.

Being your own editor means being your own worst critic. There’s no drop-dead deadline. Sometimes I wish there was a separate me that would command,

“Time’s up. Pencils down.”

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One thought on “When. To. Stop.

  1. At least you’re back to writing. If you’re really good at something and enjoy it, you should keep working on it.

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