Why Editing = Thinking

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “writing equals thinking”. And that feels true when you’re on the authority path—it’s how we work out our point of view and solidify our thinking.

But Jonathan and I take it one step further and offer up “editing equals thinking” as a way to build out your authority and attract your ideal people:

How writing and speaking play different roles in crystalizing your thoughts.

The role that consistently writing and editing plays in the evolution of your authority.

Why (and how) editing allows you to deepen not only your market authority, but the impact of your work.

What happens when you socialize your writing—and how to edit your way to the right audience.

Quotables

“The difference between writing and speaking is crystallizing your thoughts. I’ve never heard anybody say that speaking crystallizes their thoughts.”—JS

“Writing is really a plus for introverts because you don’t have to talk to a million people to do this.”—RM

“Daily writing does something weird in your head where you start to see ideas everywhere.”—JS

“You can’t just try to put the work out there. You have to do it consistently because it’s that consistency that really tests us: what do we have to say?”—RM

“I did a sort of crowdsourced model where I offered a choose your own adventure discount structure. But (to get the book discount) I was gonna bug you relentlessly for questions, typos, any kind of feedback, comments…”—JS

“I didn’t know what else to write. I felt like I had bled out on the paper already.”—RM

“I’ll use examples from people who are in different places, probably almost never all in the same email, but I’ll bring in examples or I’ll ask for permission to reprint a question.”—JS

“That preparation piece (for an interview) can give you those ideas—those unpolished gems—that you can then take and polish through editing.”—RM