After all, when you speak, out it comes. Can you put the toothpaste back into the tube?

Thank you; it might be hard to not name names to provide examples, although I could certainly speak more generally and attempt to avoid implying any one in particular.

My problem is this: I write as I go along; I save my writings for a “someday” that some magical editor will come by, reorganize my words in a proper format that has logical progression, a standard conclusion, initial argument, bulleted points; all the expected norms of what is considered a “well written piece”.

But editing? I can’t. I couldn’t do it in school. First draft and final revision were always the same.

If I ever stick to the format of a well written article, it’s likely by accident; I write what I think as I write, out it comes, I send it off and there it is.

I’m really more of a poet-by-nature who is forcing himself to write in prose. I could sum up all of my arguments in a poem far more easily than an article if I let myself.

Frustrating for me, really. I see the format and can’t get past the skeletal constructions of it within which I am to present my arguments.

I’ve always said “I need an editor”. Tried learning it myself; some cognitive block prevents me from revisiting and modifying what I’ve said before.

After all, when you speak, out it comes. Can you put the toothpaste back into the tube? Nope. It’s out there. Writing for me is squeezing toothpaste out of a tube except it hardens, instantly stuck to the sink and whenever I attempt to reconfigure the shape it is in will break it.

Maddening flaw. I envy those who can do it.

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