At a recent Author’s panel discussion, Jonathan Maberry, Mike McPhail, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jon Gibbs, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Kristin Battestella discussed the biggest mistakes they believe writers make.
Mistake number two was not writing linearly, which means not writing your story from start to finish, beginning to end, without jumping around.
Everyone gets great ideas while they are writing. When you get one that happens later in the story, do you stop and write it? I admit, I do this all the time.
To keep yourself moving, have a folder called “revision notes”. Rather than jumping back to something you wish you wrote, or hopping forward to a great idea you have… place the idea in a “notes folder” so you don’t forget it, and then keep writing. This will keep you focused on where you are.
I admit I am guilty of this in a big way. I have whole chapters that are written that will not appear until book five or six, and I don’t have book one published yet… This is why book one probably needed so much editing.
Who else is guilty of this little gem?
Jonathan Maberry: www.Jonathanmaberry.com
Mike McPhail: www.mcp-concepts.com
Danielle Ackley-McPhail: www.sidhenadaire.com
Jon Gibbs: www.acatofninetales.com
Jennifer R. Hubbard: www.jenniferhubbard.com
Kristin Battestella: www.jsnouff.com/kristin
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