“I before E except after C…”
“Eliminate passive voice…”
“Start in the middle of the story…”
There are hundreds of writing mantras we’ve all heard, and they always come back to haunt us as we pull out that ugly first draft and our trusty red pen to begin the editing process.
So, like we’ve done so many times before, we pull out the little mental pruning shears and start snipping away at what we’ve written, hoping to prune an adverb here and a run-on sentence there, striving for perfection.
But hold on!
Sometimes, snipping away with our mental shears is just a huge waste of time!