I often joke that I’m a way better editor than writer. Part of the reason for this frequent joke is my insecurity with writing. However, a bigger part is that this is true for me. I can build on other people’s ideas. I think by talking – by adding to what is out there. I am an improv believer with the “yes, and” ideas/thoughts.
Recently, I’m realizing that there is also truth to what the power of fresh eyes does for someone editing versus creating. I didn’t have thoughts running through my head, ideas that I had to figure out how to put together. I get to experience what works, what is not clear, etc through fresh eyes when I’m in edit mode. I understand what I highlight is not rocket science but without creation bias, I’m able to spot the changes needed.
I’m even realizing that I try to trick myself into edit mode when I need to create materials. I do this by extreme brain dumping of content with a total disregard to order, visuals, and connections. Once I have content, I can start to put a story together and often it’s very different than the original material. Even better, wait a few days after this initial creation before returning to edit. The amount I spot dramatically increases!
These days, there is very little material that I don’t request a fresh set of eyes to edit. Yes, because I don’t want to look dumb but more because my materials are better with the insight my eyes can no longer provide.
Do you leverage fresh eyes to achieve better results?