Write every day (to keep the world and the characters fresh and alive).
Keep writing – no matter how badly – until you get to the end. Then you can rewrite. And edit. A lot.
As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not a planner. I make collages and soundtracks that ‘feel’ like my book and keep notes in a journal, but to find out what’s going to happen in the story and who the characters are, I need to write it. Which means I need to write straight through a craptastic first draft before I can think about making the story work.
Yeah, it’s not very efficient.
I’m not alone, at least. The wonderful Jennifer Crusie calls the first draft the ‘Don’t Look Down’ draft as you have to keep moving (like Wile. E. Coyote running across a chasm – he only falls when he looks down and realises there is nothing holding him up).
I hereby pledge to write every single day until this draft is done.
I’m a slow writer, but I think 6000 words a week is perfectly possible, so that’s my goal. I’ve put a word counter thingy (thanks Keris!) on the side bar to record my progress.
So, writing every day equals win. Writing 6000 words a week equals smug win.
And I so want to feel smug.