September 21, 2017
Hey everyone! I thought I'd share a little of my thoughts today because I get told this/asked this a LOT over my social media (and in person at convetions):
"I'm stuck in my book. I'm having a hard time knowing when to move on. I have to keep going back and fixing things. I linger on sentences/paragraphs. What do you do? How do you move on?"
And so first, I want to share that if this sounds like you--ever--you're not even kind of the only person who feels this way. I have to carefully leap over those holes of "perfectionism" as I work on a frequent basis. So today I decided to share what it looks like when I first start writing a chapter: what it looks like raw.
Can't think of the right word?
Haven't fleshed out some aspect of world-building?
Don't know the name of the minor characters?
And yet, despite ALL of these problems I pour myself a cup of coffee and keep writing. Why? None of these are essential bits to getting down my thoughts. Where I lack spelling, spellcheck will underline in red for me. I don't need to fix it right now--as much as all the voices in my head are panicing that "if I don't do it now I'll forget about it."
Truth be told, those words won't probably even be here by the time I get arond to the final draft.
And all those other little details? Those are great to have, but sometimes you can get so caught up on them that they bog you down and you just lose the flow of the piece.
Sometimes, it's best to just start typing and don't look back until you've reached the end of the chapter. That's what the draft phase is for:
Just get your thoughts down.
Go back and fix them later.
And so I present to you the horror of draft phase: and yet I'm very proud of it. Next time you cringe at your draft, instead pat yourself on the back for getting through that stage of the writing process. We ALL have to do it and it looks damn ugly to all of us. ;D
I hope this helps some of my fellow perfectionist writer's get past their personal hurdles. And for my Soplings, I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at raw Navon!
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