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The Big Reveal

July 19, 2014 by Suzi

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?

 

Shelly Brown
Writing. I’m still trying to like editing.

 
Crystal Collier
Yes? Until about a year ago I really preferred editing, but this magic moment smacked me over the head and suddenly I understood the love of first drafts—probably because I adopted an in-depth outline and cut out much of the guess work. But editing? I could do that all day, every day.

 

Jessica Sayler
I prefer writing because I can let my imagination go crazy. I don’t have to worry so much about all the technical stuff, I can just have fun with my story.

 
Madeline Mora-Summonte
I don’t have a preference – I like them both for different reasons. Writing is wild and limitless, pure imagination and crazy creativity. Editing is taking all of that and taming it, pruning it, so it takes a shape that can be easily understood/read.

 

Rebecca Barrow
Editing. Drafting is really difficult for me—it takes me so much time and I have to force myself to spend the time doing it when I don’t want to. Editing is when I can finds ways to make the words say what I actually want them to, and seeing a story go from that first draft to a more polished product is always a great feeling.

 
Chad Morris
Writing. I love the creation of it. I don’t mind the initial rounds of editing because I can feel my work getting crisper, stronger, better. But after that, it gets harder and harder to go through my manuscripts.

Do you like writing or editing better?
 


5 Comments »

  1. Avatar of Suzi Suzi says:

    Writing definitely.

    Chad’s answer is basically what I’d say too. Editing is okay, kind of fun at first, but after too long, it drags me down. And since I’m more of a pantser, the editing takes way longer than the writing.

  2. Definitely writing for me. I’m one of those people who get into the first draft and fire it out–then spend forever revising it because I’m not an outliner. I can do an outline, but I won’t follow it!

  3. I don’t know. I think, for me, it depends on the story. I really loved writing FM, but Adven 2′s first draft is just a continual fight. I’m looking forward to getting to editing and making it (hopefully) better!

  4. I prefer writing, but I’m better at editing. And far better at editing other people’s work than my own!

  5. It looks like writing is the more popular vote. That’s what I would have said early in my pursuit of the art, but when you get down and dirty–meaning you’ve got deadlines–I think perspectives may change. =)

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