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Is it Better to Be an Better Editor Than a Writer, or Vice Versa?

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This little conundrum has always bugged me because it seems obvious, but it's not. Of course, I need to be a better editor than a writer so I know when my work is "ineffective" (how's that for a euphemism:), but if that is true, my writing can never be good enough to please my brilliant internal editor, grrrrrrr!

What say you?

#1 - August 15, 2013, 08:12 AM

I think the trick is learning how to turn off the editor when you're writing. But it's a trick I haven't fully mastered yet. ;)
#2 - August 15, 2013, 09:21 AM

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I think the trick is learning how to turn off the editor when you're writing.

I agree with this 100%. You can fix it later, just get the butt in the chair and write.
#3 - August 15, 2013, 09:29 AM
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I know lots of editors, some who write, some who don't. But a writer always writes. You must write something FIRST in order to edit. Therefore, If I had to choose, I'd rather be a better writer than editor. That said, I'm a pretty good editor and often edit as I write, which comes with its own sets of pros and cons.

I agree with Holly and Aimee 200%
#4 - August 15, 2013, 11:55 AM
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I puzzled about this, too, Philip. :huh

Then I realized one day that the editing can be outsourced (thank you, my dear husband critter!)...but the writing?

Well, they really frown on authors who outsource the writing. Heh heh heh.  :muahaha:
#5 - August 15, 2013, 12:28 PM


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