Writing is all the things we’ve talked about, including:
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”
– Isaac Asimov
Yes, it’s definitely thinking through your fingers. All the initial ideas and feelings pop out through your fingers into that first draft. After that, it’s time to edit.
What’s the difference between raw and edited writing? Huge. After I edit, my writing is always better. If I wait and edit it again, it’s better yet. Everybody’s writing is improved by editing. How can you know? Write a piece. Leave it. Come back and edit it. If you don’t see a difference, you’re more of a genius than any writer I’ve ever known because (ta da), all writer’s edit. It’s part of the process. First drafts don’t get published — except on social media. Which is a statement about social media and why it isn’t respected. If the writers don’t take it seriously, why should anyone else?
Blogging is often sloppy but the best are well-written and carefully-edited. How many edits? It depends on the piece. Is it serious? Long? Detailed? Do you think it has value? If yes, it’s worth editing.
The more I edit, the better my writing gets. I can tell the difference instantly between a piece I just tossed out into the virtual world and one where I worked at it until it says exactly what I want it to say.
Do I edit everything equally? Obviously a few lines between photographs doesn’t need the same attention as a longer, serious post. Short, lightweight items rarely need much editing in part because they’re short. Everything gets at least a light edit in the unrealistic hope I will find the typos before it gets published. I never find them because I never find typos in my own work. That’s not an editing problem. It’s an “I can’t proofread my own writing” problem.
Yes, writing is thinking through your fingers. That doesn’t mean after you have written a draft, you shouldn’t then edit it. Asimov may have thought with his fingers, but does anyone believe he didn’t edit his writing? Have you read his writing?
A lot of writing never gets published because it wasn’t thoroughly edited. The authors didn’t do the work.
Writing is fun or can be. Editing is work.
If what you say online doesn’t mean much to you, hey, it’s your writing. Just know if you want your writing to be taken seriously, you have to take it seriously.