The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

Note: This post was originally published in 2014, and was updated in March 2018. Whether you love editing or hate it, if you’re a writer, there’s no way to avoid it. You may well have support – from beta readers, your spouse, your writers’ circle, or a professional...

Should You Ever Edit While You’re Writing?

A lot of writers will insist that you should never, ever edit when you’re writing. You can even use software that disables the backspace key, or that starts eating your words if you don’t type fast enough (Write or Die). Personally, I think a rather more balanced...

Are You Over-Editing Your Work?

Image from Flickr by pheaber Last week’s post on The Four Essential Stages of Writing got some great comments, including this one from Ainslie: I must admit that I am beginning to enjoy the redrafting and editing phase of my work a whole lot more since working...