In Writing Words vs. Writing Software of Signal vs. Noise, contributor Matt writes about the things he learned by studying writing and how they apply to software. He found some excellent points on writing, rewriting, and editing I felt were worth sharing:
I was reading some quotes the other day about the importance of rewriting…
“First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about.”
“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.”
“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
…and it occurred to me how much these ideas apply to writing software too.
Whether we’re authoring software or prose, rewriting is key. Rewriting is when you turn good into great. It’s true for books, blog posts, marketing copy, interfaces, code, etc. For all of them, we grind it out. We get something down, share it, get feedback, revise, and then do it over again. We get where we’re going via lots of wrong turns.
Sometimes we even throw everything away and start over from scratch. Yeah, that can be frustrating. But if you never throw anything away, you’re holding on to your worst ideas.
He includes some other worthwhile quotes for you to consider:
“Remember this: Don’t spend too much time visiting writing groups. You are not writing then. You are writing when you are WRITING.”
Crayne – Writing Your First Novel
“Editing is the most difficult phase of writing — and it is also the most crucial.”
Absolute Write – Great Novels Aren’t Written
“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”
William Strunk, Jr.
Writing off the top of your head and publishing does not make you a blogger. I think that if we are to give weight to the title “blogger” that it should come with the expectation that you work at what you do and you do it well because you understand that blogging is work.
Blogging is about writing, and good writing comes with good editing and rewriting.
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