Thursday, November 24, 2022

Editing as I Write

Happy Thanksgiving, US!

I've noticed an interesting phenomena with my writing. Usually, when I write a sentence, I have it in my mind what I want to write. That's for every sentence I write, even in an 80,000-word book. But as I write it, often I'll edit it and the sentence comes out better than my original thought.

They say don't edit as you write. But, apparently I do this automatically without thinking about it. And it sort of amazes me that I can do it. (Interestingly, that hasn't happened yet in this blog post.)

This seems to happen most when I'm writing a Facebook post of a Tweet or a text to someone. Probably because I type slower on my phone than on my computer. But it does happen when I'm writing on a fiction work, too.

It's kind of hard to explain. But in the previous sentence, I thought "kinda" and wrote "kind of." But it more than that. It's revising to improve the sentence.

Do you do this kind of editing? Almost automatic while you type or write? Let me know in the comments below.

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