Productivity Tip: Don’t Edit While You Write

When writing your first draft, do not edit while you write.

The first draft is your time to discover your plot, characters, and subplots. You should be flexible in this draft and be open to new changes. If you write and edit, you’re essentially second guessing yourself, which not only hinders the divergent thinking aspect of your creativity, but it also hurts your productivity. Instead of getting ten pages done of your first draft, you could end up with three pages of work that you may end up throwing away in the second draft anyways.

Once you have the first draft done, you can step back and see the big picture. By taking a look at the impact of all the elements combined, you can make better choices for your next draft.

In a nutshell? Focus. Do each draft well, and don’t rush things. Take each step of the process one at a time.

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