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?
Julie Sondra Decker
Writing! The discovery phase of the writing journey is exhilarating. I don’t hate editing, but the first draft is just a blast.
I think I prefer editing. There’s something magical about taking the words I’ve written and polishing them up into something readable and awesome!
I prefer writing. Drafting and revising are exciting because I see a story take shape.
They’re both hard for me. Probably because I self-edit as I write. I know they say not to do that, but I can’t help it. So it takes me forever to get a draft out, which is painful enough, and then to have to go back and edit some more . . . And it’s never perfect. Geez. Why do I write again?
Oh geez, I tend to think I prefer whichever one I’m not doing! Lol. Really though, I think I enjoy writing more. It’s easier to see your progress, for one, but I like seeing where things are going. It’s fun to see your characters in the scene for the first time.
I used to LOVE writing and ABHOR editing, relishing that discovery of character and story. But after revising with an agent and editor, I’ve learned so much about editing and really enjoy seeing my book get better and better with each round. It also made me realize how stinkin’ awful my first drafts are. So now I’m the opposite. I can’t wait to get through drafting just so I have something to fix.
If I’m in a good mood, whichever I’m doing at the moment. If I’m in a bad mood, whichever I’m not working on. Really, I feel like both have a lot of things I love about them, but they are both hard as well. Funny thing is whatever way it goes, it’s always one of my favorite things.
Writing or Editing?