As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I’d share these pearls of wisdom with you: DO NOT EDIT as you write! This is the biggest time-waster on earth. If you really want to avoid the task at hand, then go ahead and examine each and every sentence under a microscope as soon as you type it. But if you want to actually finish your piece of writing some day, don’t edit yourself until you complete at least some semblance of a first draft.

Believe me, writers are experts at procrastination. It’s better to get up from the desk and go for a walk than to edit each sentence as you write it. Clear your head, then write some more. When I teach my writing workshops, I always advise the students to dump something on the page if they have to, but DO get a first draft to be edited later. NOT NOW. OK?

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