Imagine everyone sitting down everyday and diligently typing out their novels--hour after hour--with no breaks, no doubts, and no crumbs on the keyboard. Yeah sure! Makes me laugh...ha ha...writers don't really do that. Do they? Can they?
Learning the lingo and differences between the edits can mean getting what you want and need versus unnecessary work done and monies spent.
Writing contests are one of my favorite things to do when I have extra time. They can be challenging, but if you get an honorable mention, place, or win the sense of validation is huge.