Thought I might try a writing Tip for Tuesday series for a bit. I've got a great selection of writing books I thought I'd dip into and share some of the pearls of wisdom contained inside.
Have you read The Art of War for Writers?
James Scott Bell has hit one out of the park with this manual. 77 tight chapters to help the writer strategize their writing careers, hone their writing skills, and sharpen their editing abilities.
The things I loved about this book:
1. How JSB broke things down into manageable bites. He's a tight writer at all times, but The Art of War for Writers has no extraneous words.
2. The clear divisions and direction. The book is separated into three parts: reconnaissance, tactics, and strategy.
3. The examples, graphics, and humor. When things got a little sticky or unclear for me, I'd turn the page and there was a concrete example or chart or witty turn of phrase that cleared things up for me.
The Tip for Today from The Art of War for writers comes from chapters 25 and 26
- Write Hard, Write Fast, and the Fire of Creation Will be Yours.
- Edit Slow, Edit Tough, With a Process Both Clear and Cool.
I've found this to be so true for me. The most lucid first drafts I've written have been my NaNo novels, where I don't stop to overthink things but let the words and the story idea consume me and pour out onto the page. And my best editing comes after a cooling off period, a time of reflecting and gearing up. Then rereading the entire work and making a plan for the editing.
How about you? Do you write hot and edit cool? Do you edit as you go? What have you found produces your most creative work?