Should You Ever Edit While You’re Writing?

Should You Ever Edit While You’re Writing?

Should You Ever Edit While You’re Writing? This post was originally published in October 2017 and updated in August 2020. A lot of writers will say that you should never, ever edit when you’re writing. You can even get software that disables the backspace key or that...
Can You Edit Something You’ve Already Published?

Can You Edit Something You’ve Already Published?

Can You Edit Something You’ve Already Published? We’ve been looking at the importance of editing over the past few weeks and, so far, we’ve only been considering editing your work before publication. It’s also possible – increasingly so in the age of...
Five Signs That You Might Be Over-Editing Your Work

Five Signs That You Might Be Over-Editing Your Work

Five Signs That You Might Be Over-Editing Your Work Editing is a really important part of the writing process – and that’s why we’re in the middle of a four-week series on it. ;-)However … it’s possible to over-edit. And, if you’re at the editing stage of a...
How Much Time Should You Spend Drafting vs Editing?

How Much Time Should You Spend Drafting vs Editing?

How Much Time Should You Spend Drafting vs Editing? This is the first post in a new four-week series on editing your writing: make sure you’re signed up for my (free!) weekly email newsletter so you don’t miss the next installment. Whatever you’re writing,...
The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

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

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...