I can’t edit my own writing. I had to get more concise. So, I made sentences very short. I did it while I wrote. It looks more like a poem. But it’s how I taught myself to shorten. It is a quest I am still on.

I can’t edit my own writing.
I had to get more concise.
So, I made sentences very short.
I did it while I wrote.
It looks more like a poem.
But it’s how I taught myself to shorten.
It is a quest I am still on.

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In school, they always tried to make me do “drafts”. But my first draft, second draft and final revision were the same. I could not do otherwise. People who can edit their own work don’t understand this difficulty and I don’t know its cause.

I have the same problem with music. I can improvise piano while I play but if I have to spend time on a song, plan it out, edit things once played, I simply cannot do it.

Yet, I can edit or summarize other people’s writings or summarize a song very quickly.

I guess I feel as if what I did was EXACTLY what I wanted when it came out and I can’t see it any other way.

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