It came to me out of the blue as I walked to the market to get eggs. Suddenly what I needed to do became all to clear, as my grandma used to say “If it was a snake it would have bitten you”.
It was so obvious but I just didn’t think of it. was trying to figure out what I could do to improve my writing skills, now I believe I have the answer, proper editing.
Some people out there have little to no problems their words flow out of them, are well structured, well put and eloquent with little need to edit. Some people need to spend a bit more time to make their content look their best. Some people (like myself) need quite a bit more time in order to look and sound our best.
My writing skills and vocabulary aren’t what they used to be, I acknowledge and accept this as an inevitability as I have not been in school for many years and until recently I haven’t done much writing over that time. I have been reading a lot of other blogs, websites and a couple of books recently in order to boost my knowledge hopefully back up to where it was before, however it takes time.
The problem is that my mind works in strange ways and is not like many other people, for example I will navigate by landmark rather than by direction. I cannot tell you where North is but I can say that Wal-Mart is down the street near the theater, across from the park with the big fountains. My thought process involves associations that get chained together to form my final (and often times confusing) thought.
Look into the fridge, see a carrot in the drawer, think about rabbits, think about a rabbit skin hat, want to write about the American frontier.
I am now thinking about my writing the same way I would approach Photoshop, and that is simply that the editing is more important than the writing. With Photoshop I will draw out the basic image then spend the next few minutes to few hours editing and revising it until it is exactly what I want.
“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
― Shannon Hale
So then following the same procedures and applying it to my writing should be beneficial in the long run. By spending an extra bit of time on editing my post (using a larger vocabulary, structuring the content etc.) the final product should be much more clear, better structured and more comprehensible by a larger amount of people.
Of course it won’t be perfect in such a short amount of time but I only hope improvements will show over my previous style of just letting my thoughts flow out without much regard for how it was presented.
How much do you edit your posts? Do you let it flow or do you spend an excessive amount of time revising. Are you perhaps somewhere in the middle?