I want to be the wise sage and offer pearls of wisdom about slowing down and taking time to sniff the ink pen along the way and blah, blah, blah…
But I can’t. I can’t because I too rush like Chris Hemsworth. Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing?
Or is it just stupid?
My wife is always telling me my greatest downfall is rushing my writing. And she’s right. I miss plot holes, grammatical errors, I number the pages wrong, and on and on.
But telling a writer to slow down is like telling my dogs to stop barking at every car that drives past our house – it won’t be heard. While my wife is telling me I need to slow down (right as she is), my mind is already planning and plotting chapter 93 in the fourth volume of a series I have no intention of writing until 2019.
And let’s be honest here. We’re not excited about the act of writing, per say. We’re excited about getting our readers’ approval. Write, write, write, send it out to people, and bathe in the luxurious glory of positive feedback.
But are we sending out our best? Or are we flinging mud at our loyal readers and fans?
I’ll admit, it’s been VERY difficult not sharing snippets of my upcoming biography, Profit Over Patients because it is a very good book that I’m dying for everyone to read.
My advice on this sticky subject? Rush your writing. That’s fine. Because your first draft is going to be crap anyway. Indulge in the toxicity of speed and give in to the freeing power of flying fingers over your keyboard. (Or if you’re like me, handwriting with a pen.)
The faster you get it done, the more time you can spend editing it and making it perfect.
But when you’re done, read it back slowly. Pull back the reigns and take your time soaking it in. Put yourself in your reviewers’ minds. Would you be happy with what you’re reading? Not really? Fix it. Would you feel like the reading material was a waste of time? No? Make it better anyway!
Rush the writing. Relax the reading. Then ride the wave of positive feedback to carry you to that last page. Sound good?
Seriously, email me if you want an advanced copy of my YA book about a girl who falls in love with a boy after he dies: These Great Affects
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