Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
Do you hurry through a first draft, or are you conscious of flaws as they go down? Has that changed over time?
Before I answer that, I need to put my writing career into context.
If you’d told me in 2010 that I would have written nearly 20 books, as well as all the blog posts and other things, I’d have shaken my head in disbelief. Back in the day, I had trouble writing anything much and usually resorted to using the telephone to get a message across. I even had trouble deciding what to write in greetings cards. At work, I just used to put a number in every box on official paperwork and hope for the best.
Yet now, I can write two or three thousand words a day, over several story arcs in four different genres. It all started with the dreams that wouldn’t go away.
Once I tapped into the stream of pictures in my head and learnt how to control them while I typed with two fingers (usually one from EACH hand!), I couldn’t stop. I had realised that the pictures could be written down, that the dreams I had every night actually meant something. Over time, I started to get some sort of control over what I was seeing. I found that I could tap into the dreams during my waking hours. Now, I can watch almost at will, slow them down, pause and rewind, just to make sure that I get all the relevant information onto the page. But, as I’ve said before, I can NEVER fast forward.
Returning to the subject.
This means that all my work has been written on the fly, without planning, stopping or going back to see what’s been happening.
Firstly, I’m usually surprised at what I’ve written. I don’t touch-type so I can’t actually see the screen until I stop for a second, to have some coffee or stretch my shoulders. I will take a look as I correct the typos and wonder where it all came from, frequently I won’t remember writing a word of it. It’s only when I get the message that I’ve finished that I’ll take a quick look through the whole story before it wings its way to my editor.
The strangest part is that, when I read the whole manuscript, I very rarely find anything that doesn’t fit. There are no plot holes, things that appear to make no sense on page 40 are explained on page 200 and looking back over it as a whole, I wonder how I managed to do that. I have never had to rewrite a section because it didn’t fit.
It should be pretty clear to anyone that I’m not actually responsible for what I write, as least as far as novels and short stories are concerned.
This blog post is my own work, in that respect writing down what’s in my head had improved my ability to create blog content.
Plus, it gives me something to write when the voices fall silent. Which is good as without them, I can’t think of anything to add to my half-finished projects.
By the way, I’ve revised this post and re-written it several times, what does that tell you?
Let me know what you think about this week’s subject.
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