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.


Do you prefer writing or editing?


Kelley Lynn, Published Author
Hmm, this is a tough one. I really enjoy both. The writing is cool because I have no idea what’s going to happen (as I’m a panster). But since I’m a panster and I write rather fast, my first drafts are crap. So the editing is fun because it makes the story somewhat respectable. And since I don’t edit at all while I write, I forget a lot of the stuff I wrote so the first read through is always cool.

Lara Schiffbauer, Published
I like both writing and editing for different reasons. Writing is so fun because you get to create and inhabit other worlds. Editing is fun because you get to fix it all up and make the story better.

Chloe Banks, Agented Author
I feel like a fraud as a writer because I love editing. Writers are meant to love the creative process of a first draft and hate the nitty gritty that follows, but I love finding ways to tighten up every sentence. I do love pure writing too – not sure which I like most – but to take an initial idea and try to find beautiful, unique ways of expressing it, is a huge joy to me.

Valerie Cole, Agented Author
I think I prefer editing. There’s something about taking a pile of word vomit and sculpting something really beautiful out of it.


Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
EDITING! I have a fondness for butchering my bad writing and making it better. Plus it doesn’t feel like pulling teeth like writing sometimes can become.


Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
I love writing, but I have a real fondness for editing, which stems, I think, from my newspaper days.

Eileen Cook, Published Author
Writing! During the first draft stage I’m not as aware of all the mistakes I’ve made. Once I get to the editing stage I start thinking of all the ways the idea didn’t meet the perfect idea that was in my head before I started.


What’s more fun: writing or editing?

7 Responses

  1. When I wrote mine, I assumed everybody else would say writing! I know so many writers who hate having to edit. But looks like most of us love it. Interesting…

  2. Wow. Quite a few here really love editing. I prefer writing. It’s so much easier. Editing is okay at first but becomes tedious. After the 50th time through, it’s not fun. 🙂

  3. I like writing when the words are flowing; otherwise, making myself sit down and do the work is difficult.

    I like editing other people’s work more than my own. (Years of journalism: school paper editor, lit mag editor, yearbook editor . . .)

  4. Like a few others here, I like both. I love creating something new, but I also love polishing it up and making it shine. Though I do agree, after the 50th time I’m ready to never look at it again. But then I take a break and like it again.

  5. I’m a both-girl, too! They are very different feelings. I was in heaven last year when I was working on a first draft of one book and editing another. Best of both worlds.

  6. Rachel Schieffelbein

    I enjoy both. Sometimes I think writing is harder. Polishing it up seems less daunting than coming up with all of it in the first place.

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