I’m no Mark Twain

The title of this post was supposed to contrast my writing process with someone’s who was great at writing (Mark Twain). I assumed what I was doing was different from someone who is good at writing. Then I googled “Mark Twain writing process” and found this quote:

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say. Mark Twain

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing lately: write a bunch of paragraphs, push them to the end of the page with new, better ones. Then I’ll write even more and delete everything I wrote before. Often the amount of text you see here is one third of how much I’ve actually written in total. It seems wasteful but it really does work.