One step backward…

…but two steps forward. Managed almost 800 words yesterday, but deleted 300 of them this morning. I don’t know where I was going, but it wasn’t on a path that I feel like staying on. 

I did read a couple useful things yesterday, though. One was a writer on reddit talking about letting her inner teenager get free. Something about the image resonated with me. The other was a line from the book Write. Publish. Repeat. I’m basically skimming the book–the authors take an awful lot of words to say even the simplest thing–but I highlighted this paragraph:

Writing fast helps you to capture your most natural voice. Done well, it also leaves you with copy that’s easy to edit. Manipulating your thoughts into elegant prose takes a long time. Capturing unedited thoughts as they fly through your mind, however, can yield clean, concise copy with clarity and voice as is the case with Johnny. (Johnny’s note: Sean added that flattering sentence, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to remove it.)

So today I’ll see what I can do with writing fast.

 

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2 thoughts on “One step backward…

  1. Reblogged this on Right to the (Pen's) Point and commented:
    What could help a writer churn out more words within a certain amount of time is … well, time. Set a timer for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and write until the timer goes off. I’ve taken writing workshops where we’re given prompts and had to write for a set amount of time. The challenge is to do this without deleting or editing anything — which was what an instructor of mine recommended. The whole point of penning the first draft is to get something on paper. That’s why the editing and revision stages come afterward. As Ernest Hemingway once said, “The first draft of anything is s***.” And that’s okay.

  2. You know, I’ve heard that/read that so many times, but my inner editor is very, very loud. The only time I’ve ever managed to write that way was when I was writing fanfic and just having fun with telling cool stories. I would love to get back to that space (letting my inner teenager free!) but I don’t know how to do it.

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