Saturday, 10 December 2011

Restarting After a Break

My aim for my summer WiP was to write one thousand words a day, not much less, not much more, either. (It helps keep the flow if you stop before you write yourself dry. That way you always know what you're going to write tomorrow, and the ideas can fester while you're doing other things, like work and all that jazz.)

However something horrific happened on Tuesday, and because of that I didn't get back into Scrivener until today.

Coming back to a first draft after a break can be HARD. It feels like every sentence, every turn of phrase, is a struggle, and you're constantly checking the word count to see if you can stop yet. It happened to me just a few hours ago.

The best thing to do in this instance is to Keep Moving Forward. With capitals. It DOES NOT MATTER how bad the writing is. If you have to type out the worst, most boring dialogue/description/action known to humankind, then do so. It can be fixed later.

I'll preach it again.

It can be fixed later.

The important thing is to keep at it. And you know what? Eventually the words will flow, and they'll come just as easy as Shiny New First Draft words are supposed to. It happened to me. It can happen to you.

Guys, slog through it. Visualise the end product. You can get there, I promise. All you have to do is...

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