It's no secret the most difficult part of writing is the editing. After all the typing and brainstorming is complete, you somehow realize that what you wrote is way too long. Or you managed to miss the point you were trying to make completely. Of course, the next step is to break out the infamous red pen or work out that backspace button until you get it just right. The only problem is you feel that it is already just right and you can't bear to separate yourself from the lovely melody of words that danced its way into your heart. I think it's safe to say that we've all been there at one point or another. Luckily, the solution is simple. Ready? 

STOP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORDS! 

I know the truth hurts, but it's a harsh reality that we all need to face at some point. The reason why editing your work is so difficult is because you've gotten too attached to it already and think you'll suffer from separation anxiety. Even worse, you're nervous once you hit delete your compelling words will disappear forever, never to see the light of day again.  


Well, you're in luck. Thanks to advancements in technology you now have the power to create multiple documents and save multiple versions of your work. That way you'll never have to worry about the death of a short lived quote again, because it will live on forever in your hard drive. Now you have the ability to hit delete without remorse and continue editing your work until it reaches perfection.

Now, I'm not saying you can't put your heart into what you write or lust after the string of words you created. I'm just saying, don't get so attached to your work that it prohibits you from doing your job well. Falling head over heels with your content can turn a 20-minute editing job into a two hour job. Do yourself a favor and remove those shackles from your heart, master the art of saving several document versions, and get to editing. 


Trust me, your readers will thank you. Besides, you can always revisit past loves in the doldrums of your hard drive when the feeling strikes.
 


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