“Write hot and edit cold.”
A powerful admonition! It seems easy enough to grasp. Until we see how long it can take to get cool enough….
It’s a question of arriving at a different perspective. We write, especially writing hot, within a momentum backed by the force of our point of view. Inside this we are not apt to spot where we rush along unaware of how our assumptions and expectations blind us to what we’ve actually placed on the page. Re-reading too soon we glide over these same rough spots on waves of enthusiasm for what we hoped to convey. It can take a long time to bring us to a place where we can respond to what is actually there.
I wrote this memoir in 2009. I’ve finally given it the cold edit it required.