I want to write better, but it’s tough. You need to know your audience, research your topic, outline your article, put it in sequence, write a draft, rewrite it, rewrite it again, and if you haven’t given up by then, publish it. If you’re new at it, every step is harder and takes longer than you want.
I’ve been struggling with my new way of writing. I want everything to be perfect, so I tend to edit as a write. This is especially true if I don’t hear my characters, feel what they are feeling, or have them acting or feeling the way they should given their circumstances,. Except, according my new methodology, I’m not supposed to care about any of that in the first draft, which is all about writing and getting the story down any way possible. Second is where all the details and emotions come in. Third is for grammar check and final polishing.
How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me for that very reason. The author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
“Granting yourself permission to be bad is the first step to get better,” is highlighted in the article and for very good reason. No one is perfect in the beginning. For authors, each story, whether it’s a full-length novel or a simple blog article, is a new beginning. I’ve had plenty of them. I already know I’m doing better by A Dream To Share than I did Legend. By not caring in this first round, I can be more objective, so when it comes to writing the second round, my developmental editor side can kick in full force and make the manuscript what I think it should be by reading it as a reader and editing as a writer. Then, in the grammar check stage where one checker takes me line by line, I can get really tough. No more infinite editing loops for me, that’s for sure.
And if I get stuck again? Well, the idea of writing “I have nothing to write” over again over again sounds great. It won’t take long for my brain to find that so tedious I will write something related to my stories, even if it may not be the book I’m currently working on.
The key for me is to keeping writing every day, so the ideas keep flowing.