3 Self-Editing Rules That Will Make You a Better Writer

Meg Dowell

It is the law of creative expression that all artists must critique — and often modify — their own work.

For many writers, self-editing feels like absolute torture. But maybe that’s because plenty of us have never been taught how and when to self-edit — and when to leave the editing for later.

The truth is, if you aren’t careful, editing can kill your productivity. And that’s, as you may have guessed, bad.

These are the rules I follow to make sure I don’t slow down my writing productivity by focusing on the wrong things. Maybe they’ll help you, too.

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