Your Writer Versus Your Editor

As a blogger you wear “two hats”: writer and editor, two roles that often fail to see eye-to-eye and the truly critical eye of the editor is best applied after the flow of the writer’s thoughts has been tapped in raw form

As a blogger you wear “two hats”: writer and editor

The writer is the font of raw ideas, the creative impulse, and the MakerThe editor is the voice of reason, the critic, and the Fixer.  Yes, the two sensibilities can be tapped in one sitting, and good writing is good editing.  But the truly critical eye of the editor is best applied after the flow of the writer’s thoughts has been tapped in raw form.

The Maker is more conversational and wordy, adding asides and stray thoughts that may distract, or may need expansion into full paragraphs. The Fixer tends to create a tighter, more compact narrative, using fewer words.  A tension sometimes arises from the tighter version’s potential loss of the spontaneity of the first flush of ideas in prolix style.

These two roles can fail to see eye-to-eye when they are different people.  But even when played by the same person, the Maker tends to want to protect the Golden Word from the Fixer.  Often well to keep these two characters separated by a day.

A tip of the space helmet to Stephen Guise whose article A Superior Writing Method inspired this essay.

Author: AstroGremlin

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