Write Now – Edit Later

I started this post over several times. On each occasion, after mulling over the first few lines, I feverishly hit the delete button. I know, it didn’t have to be perfect. But, I just couldn’t help myself.

Here’s my brain firing (or misfiring) away…

Does it sound right?  Yes, it does.

Well, I think it does.

Hmm, maybe not.  No, definitely not.

DELETE!  DELETE!  DELETE!

There, a blank screen.  So much better!

This experience has been typical of my writing lately. And it is something that I need to overcome. Instead of just letting the words flow, and worrying about editing after I’ve got a good chunk of words down on the page, I tend to edit as I go. That slows everything down, and when the process becomes a crawl, it doesn’t feel all that creative.

What to do about this?

For starters, finish this post!

But for the long-term, I think I need to just get the words on the page. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect the first time. Just start writing and keep writing.

There’s always time to edit later.

Andrew Fruman

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