At a recent NJ Author’s talk on “Getting Published” (Click here to read my post from that night), I got a great piece of advice from best-selling author Jonathan Maberry.
With all this NANO buzz going around, I am reading multiple blogs that say many of you are writing “really fast” just to get your word count in, and then going back and editing it so it sounds better, and then you plow forward again to make your word count (now even more stressed because you took up your writing time editing). REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT.
Jon’s advice was not to re-write too soon. He said to write your first draft all the way through. Once you are done, then you can go back and revise. This is what he calls the “art of writing”. He said that your first draft will concentrate on the substance… This is where the best part of the story comes out on the paper (or screen).
Don’t worry if it’s perfect… just get it all down and out of your head. Once you have your idea all down in front of you, then you can concentrate on the “craft”.
Now is the time to add setting and character description if you missed them the first draft. Look at your punctuation, and watch for writing crutches and clichés. Cut out scenes that don’t fit. Re-write what’s just plain bad. All this is part of the “craft” of writing.
So, if you’re NANOing, or just out there writing a great story at your own pace… Don’t stress over it. Enjoy the art of writing. This is the best part for an author… having your vision materialize for others to read.
Worry about making it sound good later. You will have plenty of time to edit when you’re all done.
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- Writer Wednesday: of titles and word counts (katjevanloon.com)
- 10th Day of NaNo (janisimonroe.wordpress.com)
- Word Count: How high can you go? (natashamcneely.wordpress.com)