Edit Before Adding More Content
By the end of my workday yesterday, my brain was tired. I had spent a greater portion of the day writing. I had a brief reprieve in my time when I went to pick up my children from school, so I read in the car while in the dreaded pick-up line. I’m pretty sure Dante had the school pick-up line in mind when he designed one of the circles of hell in his Inferno. When we returned home, I thought that I’d go back to my study and begin writing more despite having already shut down my computer for the evening. I rebooted, opened my document, and tried to write. Alas, I simply couldn’t. I had only written 600+ words while I had a goal of 1,000 per day. I decided to call it a day and rest.
I got a great night’s rest, and after breakfast, while drinking coffee, I opened my doc again this morning. As I went through reading what I’d already written with fresh eyes and a fresh mind, I began adding more that I felt needed to have been added. Having done this simple task of writing as I re-read through what I’d already written added an entire page-length of material. I noticed mistakes I had made in formatting, I also saw where the flow of my writing was a little rough, and I noticed that I had omitted some material that was pertinent to certain points that I was attempting to make.
I was tempted to begin my day with just writing, but I thought it better to re-read back through what I’d already written and it’s paid off. Now, I’m ready to build upon what I’ve already written since the entirety of the chapter is on my mind. Editing is what I most dislike about the writing process, but if you get a good night’s sleep and drink your coffee, you may just notice how you can add more and even polish your own masterpiece.