I edit while I write. I can’t help it. Especially when I’m writing an essay and don’t know what to say next. I’ll just start editing what I’ve already written in hopes that inspiration will strike. That an idea will fall from the sky and land in my lap. That some magical solution will solve all my problems.
It doesn’t always. So when I’m stuck, I take a break from writing. And do something else instead. Like reading. Or dancing. Even just eating.
Funny how those moments when I’m not thinking about writing tend to lead to some of my best ideas.