I keep seeing threads in which people say that the "writing" part of making a story is creative, and the "editing" part is not. They say you have to take your editor's hat off when writing so as not to impede the creative process. Only put the editor's hat on after the first draft is done. I don't really understand this. Isn't the editing part creative, too? When I'm "editing", I find myself not just deleting bad writing, but writing lots of new material to replace and enhance it. This is at least as creative as the "writing the first draft" part of the work. I've read dozens, maybe even hundreds, of interviews with celebrated writers, and the large majority of them work the way I do. I've never seen them complain that the "editing" process isn't creative, or that they need to wear a different hat and apply different skills to that task. So can you guess describe what you actually do when you're editing? Are you just cutting unwanted text? Are you adding anything new? Are you just correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation? What do you actually do when you edit?