The Big Reveal

Welcome to the Big Reveal


I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.


What do you prefer: Writing or Editing?

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I prefer editing. I’m a perfectionist and writing rough drafts stresses me out. Actually having the time and opportunity to vastly improve what I’ve already written is a thrill.

Steph Campbell, Published Author
Writing. I think it’s much easier to craft a new idea than to fix what I’m stuck on already.

Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
Oh, I love both, that’s why I do both. I love fast drafting and taking a few hours every day to just write, but I love going in and getting into the details, finding my bad habits, etc.

Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
Tough call! I definitely look more forward to writing – there’s nothing quite as exciting as getting the scenes in your head down on the page and seeing it come to life in a real, tangible way. But there’s also something to be said for figuring out how to fix all those issues and turn a first draft into something you’re proud and excited to show the world….

Jenny Morris, Agented Author
I prefer writing. I love the freedom of just putting the words down. Letting the story flow. But I think the story doesn’t come to its full potential until editing. And my favorite is when I get to go back and write new scenes after I thought I was done.

Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
Writing! It’s always more fun because you don’t care if your sentences have too many word-repeats. You don’t care that it’s a really basic sentence, or anything else. When you write, you get the story down. When you edit, you make it a novel. Editing is less fun. Writing is fun. Editing is work.

Theresa Paulo, Un-Agented Author
It was always writing because I love to see where my characters will take me. I always hated editing, but I will admit lately it’s giving writing a run for it’s money. Editing gives you an opportunity to spend more time with your characters and to really learn every single thing about them.
So what about you? Writing or editing?

4 Responses

  1. Writing, definitely! Editing is make me sad and unmotivated. I don’t understand how people can find it more enjoyable than writing, but I think I lack the streak of perfectionism – or that I have it so strongly I’ve learned to suppress it or go mad. One of the two.

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