Writing is like building a house in the woods where no house previously existed. Re-writing is like demolishing a house in the woods and rebuilding it to suit your needs and stylish flair.
Editing is like:
- inspecting every door and window frame to make sure they are level
- checking every nail holding the house together and hammering them back in
- checking every screw holding the house together and tightening them
- arguing with the architects when they insist “The doors/windows are more efficient when crooked!”, “The nails are supposed to stick out!”, “The screws are supposed to be loose by design!”