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In an older post, someone asked about editing your work--can you over-edit? Maybe, but I, personally, think that the dark secret of good writing is tough and judicious editing. Kudos to those who don't need it, but most of us don't write much that wouldn't be improved by a second and third look or even more. A great line about writing from someone long ago--"You must be willing to kill your children." How many of us have stared at one of the most perfect lines ever written in the history of the universe and slowly realized that it just didn't fit? Reaching for the "delete" key.......
I have had to edit most of my stuff may be not the basic material, I have had to add keywords, new links or even have had to incorporate a lot of new technical stuff that I never knew existed. The fact is I may not be perfect but I am learning so much so that the editing is much easier now than before.
I have found that when I have made knowledge based editing it has always helped me.
I hope you're saving those perfect lines to use elsewhere!
Yeah--that's when you know you are beginning to be a good editor. I was lucky enough to have had a couple of "slash and burn" editors who taught me by example how to stop agonizing and just use what works.
Well I have to say yes and no.
Yes, I do go back and edit things sometimes, but mostly thst is because I have learned something new, not because I feel the need to rewrite what is there.
Still, I am sometimes surprised to find a glaringly clumsy sentence or paragraph, so yes, I will fix that.
I will tell you what is truly an interesting experience though: finding something in a Google search, starting to read it and thinking "Hey, this is really good" and then suddenly realizing that you wrote it yourself :-)
Wow self admiration!! Wow I mean to be able to say that for something you wrote!! That must be a real WOW!
No, it is just weird. And it isn't self admiration, because you don't (or I didn't) realize that you wrote it.
It is just this very strange shock - kind of like seeing yourself in a crowd in a mirror and thinking "Nice haircut" or whatever and then realizing it is you. It just feels strange! It has happened to me two or three times and actually has made me laugh.
I agree with Pcunix but also it is worth editing older hubs because google likes fresh content, so it always best to revist your older hubs and make slight changes if you think it will add to your hub.
I read over my short stories on HubPages a few days ago, and discovered that all but one need some editing - a couple need it badly. At the time of writing, I didn't see it, but we never do until we read our own work from a detached point of view. And this is only possible if we 'put away' our writings for a while.
"You must be willing to kill your children": Yes, killing off our 'children' always works wonders. Why, I don't know.
Edit, or better yet, hire an editor; editing can make or break a writer.
I love editing, especially when the piece started out a bit haphazard. Often, after something is written, and has sat a day or two, it is much easier to find the real theme of something and to really build the characters. Then, one can write more and make the final work even better.
by Laura Deibel8 years ago
Do you spend much time re-editing your published hubs? I wonder if my perfectionism is a waste.
by Patty Inglish4 years ago
I've been getting a blank screen when I hit "edit" to update Hubs for about an hour now. Might it be a glitch, or is it me? Thanks!
by Lorelei Cohen3 years ago
I am really getting frustrated with constantly having to refresh my page as I edit or risk losing my edits. The page keeps flipping back to its previous settings and I lose my work until I refresh the screen and even...
by Dana Ayres3 years ago
Would you edit a manuscript, or any writing that made you feel uncomfortable reading it?I need advice about a manuscript I am editing. The author's main character is a local gangster who is living a wild and...
by Caren White2 years ago
I am screaming with frustration! Most of my hubs have been unfeatured due to lack of traffic. I write about gardening which no one wants to read about in the winter. Spring is coming so I want to get...
by Lynne Modranski3 years ago
I have been trying all week to update my hubs that transferred from Squidoo. some have been easy to edit; however at least 1/2 of my hubs are not editing properly.Most that have editing issue will not allow me to...
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