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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?

 

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.

 

Kyra Lennon
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!

 
Medeia Sharif
I prefer writing. Drafting and revising are exciting because I see a story take shape.
 

Manda Pepper
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?

Rachel Schieffelbein
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.

 

Ilima Todd
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.
 

Janeal Falor
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?
 

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9 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Avatar of Suzi Suzi Says:

    Definitely writing. It’s so much easier. Editing is fun at first, but then I get bogged down and it gets old.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Yes. The writing doesn’t really begin until I’ve re-plotted the first draft to dig it out of holes, and then fixing the language to be less dry.

  3. David P. King Says:

    Putting fresh words on the page has always been the toughest part for me, partially because I edit as I write. But once it’s there, I can edit all day. Who knew polishing an MS can be so fun and fulfilling – Wax on, wax off!

    And thanks for checking out the Christmas anthology, and I’m glad you enjoyed my story. It means a lot to us. :)

  4. Madeline Mora-Summonte Says:

    I’m torn. Sometimes I like the writing part better, especially when everything is flowing and characters are alive, etc. But sometimes I prefer the editing and revising part, like when I fix a scene or a sentence and it just bursts off the page. :)

  5. M Pepper Langlinais Says:

    There’s definitely something to be said about progress as a motivator, and it’s easier to see progress when you’re writing that first draft. The progress excites you . . . It’s like archaeology . . . And so editing can feel like going over old ground. But then again, sometimes you find a missed fragment that might make all the difference . . .

  6. J. A. Bennett Says:

    I do like seeing my book polished, I just hate doing what it takes to get there. Writing is more fun, until I start thinking about all the editing I’m going to have to do when I’m done!

  7. Kelley Lynn Says:

    I like both. They are both fun in their own ways :)

  8. Lara Schiffbauer Says:

    It’s a toss up, for sure. While I’m writing I’m thinking about editing, and how much editing the ms is going to need if I don’t censor myself at the time. Still, I’m trying to let the line editing kind of things go, and just get the story out. It’s a new strategy for me, so it’ll be interesting to see how editing goes this time around.

  9. Dani Says:

    Editing! For sure!! The process of getting all of my ideas down is very daunting to me. I like the editing process cause that means I have the hard part behind me.

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