Hi, SEers! Mae here today with something for you to ponder. During the course of life, there are many mind-boggling questions that cross our paths.
Which came first—the chicken or the egg?
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
What happens when an unstoppable object meets an immovable object?
And the one I’m trotting out today:
As a writer, do you prefer to draft or edit?
For the most part, I do both together. I’ve always had a hard time turning off my inner editor, so I edit as I draft. When I’m done with a WIP, I have a fairly clean manuscript as a result. But occasionally, I’m forced to undertake NaNo imposed writing sessions to meet deadlines.
Writing is a blur during those times as I churn out word count and giddily watch my numbers soar. But when I go back to clean up the mess, it takes me longer to edit than when I undertake the task as I work.
You know how writers combine plotting and pantsing to be a planster? I need a word for combining drafting and editing. For me—the answer to the question—is a combination of both.
Now it’s your turn. Which is it? Editing or drafting or somewhere in between? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Ready, set, go!