Lyla Campbell

What ever you do. DO NOT GO BACK AND READ ANY OF WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN UNTIL 12:00:01 AM ON DECEMBER 1ST!!! If you do you might be overwhelmed by a compulsion to edit.

Last night I crossed the 5k mark after finishing a scene with a lot of dialogue in it. I didn't have much of a plan for it other that 3 key elements needed to be covered in the scene, I was totally flying by the seat of my pants (which completely offended my engineering sensibilities). The resulting scene was clunky and awkward and...well...crap. It took all my willpower, and a bit of wine, to accept it for what it was and just keep writing. It is just a rough draft and it can be changed as soon as the calendar flips to December 1.

...Hoping to cross into 7k territory tonight!

How's everyone's current WIP coming along? (both NaNo and non-NaNo alike)
3 Responses
  1. I don't have any problem with going back and editing. I just don't do it until the day's writing is finished, or first thing the next morning. I don't do much editing while I'm writing a first draft, but rereading helps keep me on track. Whether that would work for anybody else probably depends on whether they can keep their inner editor under contro.

  2. Jeff King Says:

    my non NaNo wip, is progessing very slowly... mostly from the lack of writing. my mind is hung up on something so i'm waiting until it gets worked out.

    best of luck and great tip for any writing, don't look back until you're done.

  3. Riley Carson Says:

    I go back and edit all the time, mainly because as the story progresses, I want to add little things into my earlier chapters as foreshadow. My writing is very mental, and it's all about giving the little clues that complete the big picture afterwards! I would honestly say that at least 6k of the words I've written were added after I went back and did my first revisions.

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