This week is step 11 out of 12. Don’t quit on me now!
I know you’re tired of waiting. I know you want to just get on with it. If it were a book you’d flip to the end and be done.
Here’s a quick review to catch you up before we move on. People learn by repetition. Trust me, this is going to be beneficial in the end.
- Plan With Me – Halfway Mark
- Plan With Me – Step 7
- Plan With Me – Step 8
- Plan With Me – Step 9
- Plan With Me Step 10
This twelve step process is thorough. If you follow the guidelines, then you will be able to map your success. For those that stick through to the very end, I’m going to give you a BONUS 3 Step Short Cut. YAY!
It’s so close you can almost taste it.
Step 11- Separation of Powers
I have touched on this before either on here, or on my personal blog.
Editing requires using the left brain. Writing requires the right brain. For the best results, separate your writing from the editing.
WRITING – RIGHT BRAIN
- big picture oriented
- imagination rules
- symbols and imagery
- present and future
- philosophy and religion
- spatial perception
- presents possibilities
EDITING – LEFT BRAIN
- detail oriented
- facts rule
- words and language
- present and past
- math and science
- order perception
- forms strategies
Both are vitally important to the writing life. Both are necessary. However, they should be done sequentially not simultaneously.
You should resist the urge to edit while writing. Depending on whether or not you are a morning person or a night owl, choose whichever one works best for your creative side. For instance: I am a night owl. I do my best writing in the evening. I do best on editing in the morning when the creative side of my brain hasn’t yet awakened.
Just a side note, the editing voice will often override the creative voice if you try to write and edit at the same time which will result in you second guessing every word that you try to put down on the page. Likewise, if you try to edit when you are in creative mode, the bohemian carefree creative within will mock the editorial voice. It’s best to separate the two.
I know many writers who claim to do both but I also hear their tales of woe of fighting themselves.
Balance – it’s all about the yin/yang and keeping your chakra clean. Or at least appeasing the caffeine monster.
‘Til next time