To Write is Human, To Edit is Divine

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”–Stephen King

Writing is one thing, editing on its own is another thing. They’re both daunting task. You must write first before you can edit. They work hand-in-hand. Editing makes your writing beautiful. It helps you to clarify the message you’re trying to convey. The hardest part of writing is editing. And that’s why King said that it’s divine, because it takes extra eyes to see one’s errors sometimes.

Most writers edit their writing the next day or after a long walk so that they can look their writing with fresh eyes. Editing is hard work just like writing and one must not play with it. A poorly edited writing always bores the readers to tears. Don’t disappoint your readers. Find someone who can edit your work for you or learn how to do it. A friend once said that editing is chores and I agree with him. It takes more of one’s energy and time. It takes being brutal and kill some words on the page. Some words would scream, don’t remove me but for the sake of good writing and brevity you shoot them with one “backspace” bullet.

In order to have a fine piece, you need to take your time and remove all the clutter in your writing. Doing this, will make your writing simple and easy to read. Remember, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne
-MOAB 2014


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