I was a monster, I admit it. After completing a manuscript or poem, something horrible often happened. My creative side would dissolve only to be replaced by the Editing Monster. This beast slashed sentences and killed beautiful lines. In her quest for quality, she stripped the work down to the bone. What was left in her wake was not fit to be read. This morphing had to be stopped. With the help of a writers’ group, the beast was off.
Writing means editing but don’t let the Editing Monster destroy your work. Learn the difference between trimming the fat and destroying the manuscript. Clarify the sections that are too wordy, eliminate areas of redundancies. However, should the Editing Monster jump you, seek help.