When you are in a writing groove, there’s nothing that will stump your work faster than to start editing while you are writing. It blocks the flow of creativity to quit what you are doing in order to check how a word is spelled or to question where you should place a comma.
There will be time to look over everything when you are done, but while you are writing, your focus should be on that alone.
It is natural to sometimes take a break and rearrange a sentence or paragraph, but writing an article, a book, or even a song, should never be done on a stop-go basis. If you stop too much, you will likely stop altogether.
So what should you do when the editor inside tries to take over?
Keep writing, of course. Put your inner editor aside and concentrate on simply being a writer. The smart little person that lives in your head will get his or her turn, but for now, think about what you want to say, then say it.
Benefits of Writing Now and Editing Later
- You will feel more creative. One benefit you will notice by correcting your work later is that you will feel more creative. To write without editing is a great way to stumble across new and unique writing ideas, because your creative mind is in the driver’s seat and wants to take you everywhere.
- You will write faster. Another plus for giving your inner editor some time off is the speed of your writing. Not only will you find that the creative part of your mind has given you more to write about, but you will also begin to notice you are able to write about it faster. This is always a bonus for writers, who typically have many writing jobs lined up at a time. The faster you can get one job done, the faster you can move on to the next.
- You won’t need to stop for research. When you write freely in this way, you don’t have to keep a dictionary or thesaurus handy. Any corrections that need to be made can be checked when you have finished writing – when your creative mind is done and is ready for editing.
Distractions are tough on writers. Any little thing, like a telephone ringing or someone asking a question, can make it difficult to pick back up where you left off. Knowing this, don’t make it even harder on yourself by stopping in the middle of a good writing spree to edit what has been written so far.
Just keeping writing … and edit later.
As a side note, it’s good to take a break between writing and editing. Start on your next project or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter what you do; just give yourself a brief rest while switching caps from writer to editor.