Hemingway’s motto: “The first draft of anything is shit,” will always be true. I use my “inner critic” to keep me honest when doing multiple edit spins. It’s good to draft, realize it’s “shit,” then edit and after editing — ALWAYS — take a break (I’m big about naps, or just give it an overnight rest before editing again). Generally 4–5 edits spins produces something that’s vaguely worth reading. Just my take. cheers.

Writer, editor, and media maker. Blogs at Completely in the Dark (www.completelydark.com) and lives in Minneapolis, MN. I notice things.

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