—v.t. 1. to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity. 2. to write in excess of the requirements, esp. so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes. 3. to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
—v.i. to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.