I had to edit a lot of writing this week.
First, my article for Computers and Libraries Magazine was due Wednesday. I drafted the piece before the holidays and let it sit while I enjoyed my time off. Last week and this week, I did several rounds of intense editing. It was too long and I managed to drop 1,300 words by the final draft. I also noted three additional paragraphs that could be removed if the editor requested more cuts. Luckily, he was good with the article as it was.
Next, my research team and I are in the final stages for our research article. I spent two days editing to chop out material. I de-that-ed all over the place. You never realize just how unnecessary "that" is until you have to edit something line by line. We're reviewing my edits as a team to ensure we're all on the same page. So far, we're mostly in agreement. I love clicking "accept changes"!
Finally, I wrote a book chapter for an upcoming ALA Editions title. I've been working on this piece, off and on, for over a year. Thursday night, they sent me the "last chance" edit. Essentially, what they sent is what is being printed but I had one last change to tweak. My review showed only a few minor revisions.
Oddly, despite having a blog, two newsletters, and writing a lot for work, writing is not one of my favorite activities. Editing, on the other hand, I adore. I love turning on track changes and being ruthless with something. If I'm writing a solo piece, I will print it out and attack it with a red pen. Editing speaks to my need to make things simpler. Plus, I'm not a great writer. Editing is one way I hope to improve. (Although I will never be someone who gets commas. They are my nemesis.)
What do you like better: writing or editing?