Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tip for Tuesday
You have my permission to write a first draft that is junk, garbage, dreck, drivel, and trash.
This is a lesson I had to learn. I spent too much time agonizing over the next word, wondering if I was getting the characterization down, worrying about the pacing, and pretty much anything else I could think of to worry about. My inner editor is a tyrant, flooding me with doubt and fear that kept me from writing with any speed at all.
I've since learned, after participating in NaNo, setting word count goals for myself, and throttling that inner editor during the first draft, that the first draft doesn't have to be, in fact, it shouldn't be the best writing we can do. After all, if the first draft is the best, where will we go on edits?
One writing phrase I really love is: You can't edit a blank page.
Just get the words down. You can always edit later.