Writing Drafts and Editing Them

Editing Drafts

Editing GraftEveryone knows what a rough draft is, and what it means to edit, but did you know there are very specific methods that you can use to dramatically speed up your writing?

Most people tend to self-edit during the writing process. They see a typo, and they feel the need to fix it immediately. It’s natural, especially if you’re a perfectionist. But you MUST learn to resist the temptation if you want to be a faster writer!

When you’re creating your first (rough) draft, resist the urge to edit and just write. Some people actually prefer to write without even looking at their screen simply to ensure they don’t give in to that urge to edit.

You may be thinking, “Why not just edit as I go and save the time editing more later?”

Well, the creative process is a tricky thing. When you’re writing and you have to stop for something—even briefly—your brain stops its thought process to switch to a different one and you lose your original train of thought. When you go back to it, it takes longer to pick that train of thought back up, or you may even lose it entirely.

This is why drafts are critical.

When you create your draft, just write. Don’t worry about changing typos or anything.

Just write!

When you’re editing, it can be helpful to read your text backwards instead of forwards. That way you’re analyzing individual words rather than sentences, and you will catch more mistakes.

See, when you read what you’ve written, you know what you meant to say, and your brain will often trick you into thinking you’ve written exactly that. But when you read a sentence backward, you see exactly what is written. It makes it easier to see the mistakes.

It’s also helpful to print your document and read and edit it offline. You’ll catch more mistakes this way, as well.

If you REALLY want to learn to write as quickly as possible, you MUST see the next post. It’s a killer tip that will save you a ton of time. Tomorrow is our seventh and final post in this series on how to write faster, and it is super powerful. You aren’t going to want to miss this!

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Editing Drafts

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