Why Editing Is Hard Work

Even though I love writing, I don’t know if I love editing.

It’s messy. It’s hard work. And that’s why I’m a hardcore procrastinator anytime I have to make my first drafts better.

I tend to leave comments telling other bloggers their poem or post is well-written. Maybe what I really ought to say is they’re well-edited. After all, first drafts are ugly. How do you make them beautiful? You clean them. Fix the mistakes, the errors.

How time-consuming, huh? I’d argue that sometimes it takes more time to edit than it does to write. At least in my experience.

I don’t know if I’d call myself a perfectionist, but I am quite particular with words. I’m constantly looking for a better one.

With writing, I try not to worry about being perfect. I focus as much as I can on getting my thoughts or ideas down. Dump the contents on my mind onto the page.

I’ve gotten better at separating writing from editing. They’re two separate processes. They’re tough enough to do on their own. So imagine trying to write and edit at the same time.

I procrastinate editing for obvious reasons. It’s a lot of work, especially if I know I wrote an exceptionally terrible first draft.

I think editing requires more energy than writing. Maybe energy isn’t the right word. Editing asks more, demands more. You need to be alert and attentive rather than divide your attention or try to multi-task.

I like writing later in the day when I’m tired. In the mornings, I feel more awake, less exhausted, so I’ll edit. Besides, I catch mistakes better when my eyes aren’t threatening to close on me.

Just like writing, editing in my opinion is toughest at the start, usually right before you begin. But the more you edit, the better your piece will be. And the closer you’ll get to being done with editing and moving back into the magical phase of writing.

Do you find editing hard? If so, why?


Why I Procrastinate With Blogging

I used to put off blogging more than I did studying. I still do, though I’m not currently in school. But I’ve gotten better at not procrastinating as much.

But here’s the million dollar question: why do I procrastinate? 

To which I ask why do you procrastinate?

So my goal is to publish a post every day. I know that’s not everyone’s goal, but it’s mine. Maybe I’ll write about that one day. Not today.

My final deadline then is 11:59 PM every night. That’s a lot of hours from when I wake up (around 8 AM) to when I need to hit publish or schedule.

If I’m doing my math right, I have about 15.

My brain believes I have plenty of hours to blog then.

I like to think I’m good at managing my time. Still, I don’t feel any urgency to blog at 9 in the morning because 11:59:59 PM is so far away.

All the time time I perceive I have is part of why I put off blogging until late at night.

Another reason: perfection. I like to think I’m not that big of a perfectionist, but I am very peculiar with my blog posts.

I want my posts to be perfect or close to it. Sometimes I edit a draft, hate it, and can’t bring myself to publish the post. I dread this outcome so much. It feels awful to work hard on a project but despise the result.

I’ve experienced this more times than I care to remember.

Knowing my first draft will be anything but perfect makes me put off writing one. Let’s be honest, I’m also lazy too.

It should go without saying but I’m going to say this anyway, blogging requires more energy and concentration than watching TV for example. 

I also procrastinate because after several years, I have a better idea of how long I actually need to write and publish a post. So if I think I only need twenty minutes to edit a piece, twenty minutes is how much time I give myself.

Of course, life happens. And as much as we believe we only need a few minutes to accomplish a task, we’re sometimes wrong and need way more time.

The planning fallacy exists for a reason. 

I hope I’ve made some sense. In my head, I know exactly what I mean, but I don’t know if anything made sense or if everything got lost in translation.

In summary, I procrastinate blogging because of time, perfectionism, laziness, and a brain that thinks I need two seconds to write, edit, and publish a post.


Procrastination At Its Finest

Me being me, I read about 75 pages I didn’t need to today, so I could put off doing urgent and more important work I should be doing.

I’ll probably regret procrastinating so much during reading week. (it might be called spring break or revision week depending on where you’re from.) I use the word “regret” loosely here. But, to be fair, I did read for fun and for school over reading week. A claim some students can’t make. At least not honestly.

Reading in order to procrastinate is an art. An art I’ve mastered.

Can you tell I also put off blogging for as long as I possibly can before I force myself to close the book I’m currently reading, even if I don’t particularly like the novel?


Writing A Cover Letter

Even though a cover letter is quite short length-wise, it took me a long time to write one today. I’m a writer. What did you expect?

If you think writing is easier for writers than it is for non-writers, think again.

I’m pretty sure I over-analyzed every sentence I wrote more than once. Also, I changed the introduction a million times and couldn’t think of a way to conclude for the longest time. Eventually I looked up example cover letters for inspiration. I also needed to make sure I was on the right track. The only thing I remember from that Internet search: you’re not writing an autobiography, you’re writing a cover letter.

I’m proud of myself for starting my summer job search early. But I’m not proud that I wrote said cover letter as a way to procrastinate working on my media article analysis. Or any of my other more pressing assignments.

I’m a writer and a procrastinator. But you already knew that.


Six Essays In Six Weeks

I’ve been procrastinating on the six essays I need to write. Funny how it works out to one being due every week. Not to mention a quiz, an article analysis, a grammar test, a take home test, a final term test, and other assessments I’m probably forgetting thrown in for good measure. My brain only has the capacity to store so much information. Similarly, I only have so much creativity. Let’s not start with my sanity, okay?

It’s overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to work on first. I don’t know how I have that many writing assignments.

For me, starting is always the hardest part. The beginning is bad for my productivity. But once I start brainstorming and writing, I tend to procrastinate less. It’s getting over that initial phase where I realize I should start and actually starting which is tough.

Also, a few days ago, I thought I only had four essays. Then earlier today I counted five. But in writing this post I finally figured out I was wrong all along. I have six essays left and they’re all due within a six week span of time.

That’s knowledge I didn’t want to acquire.

Good luck to me.


My Blogging Process

  1. Tell myself I need to blog.
  2. Procrastinate.
  3. Tell myself I really need to blog right now.
  4. Procrastinate some more.
  5. Realize I procrastinated for much too long.
  6. Proceed to begin blogging.
  7. Scratch my head for ideas.
  8. Hate the first one that comes to mind.
  9. Think of something worth pursuing further.
  10. Start typing.
  11. Hope for the best.
  12. Type an entire blog post only to hate it.
  13. Debate deleting it.
  14. Draft up something else.
  15. Write until I don’t have anything else to say.
  16. Brace myself to edit a mess.
  17. Delete every other word.
  18. Read the post.
  19. Publish the post.
  20. Repeat every day for the rest of my life, hopefully.

A Blogging Question

How does one not procrastinate when it comes to blogging?

I don’t know the answer to the aforementioned question. Sorry to disappoint.

I’m lazy, so I wait until the end of the day to blog. Sometimes it’s not a big deal. But other times I wish I would’ve started blogging earlier. Too bad I never bring myself to. Bad habits are tough to kill. They’re too stubborn to die. 

Also, how do you stop yourself from putting things off until the last possible minute? I’m asking for a friend. 

Yeah right. I need all the advice I can get. Help me.  


How I Procrastinate

I read a book to avoid reading another book.

That ladies and gentlemen is actually how I procrastinate. I was talking to a friend about it just now.

I’m proud of my procrastination tactics. It works fairly well if I do say so myself.

Do I want to read Jane Austen for class? Or would I rather read Red Rising by Pierce Brown for the sake of saying I did?

Red Rising by Pierce BrownThere’s no contest.

I know. My priorities need to be prioritized.