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Satisfying the Creative Personality Through Editing

My attention was drawn the other day to a blog by a friend and writing group partner of mine. As soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to share it because it’s about how writers (and other creative people, presumably) are never satisfied with their work. Imagine my surprise when I returned to that post only to find that Caroline had completely edited the text, while leaving the original in place via strikethrough, thus further demonstrating the principle.

The original blog, which is the version crossed out on the post now, was good and worthy of comment because it highlighted a particular mania of the creative personality. For writers, this disorder frequently displays as an inability to ever declare a piece of writing done. You know, good enough just isn’t. But editing itself is definitely necessary. Writing is rewriting. So how do you know when to stop, when the thing is done?  Continue reading