Thanks, guys. Feeling better about everything now, and I worked on my "stuck" chapter over the weekend, which was good.
Aximand, on 30 January 2012 - 02:36 AM, said:
I also think I need to get better about "just getting it on the page", I tend to edit or change things as I am writing which consumes a fair amount of my time. Is anybody else like this?
I split editing into two rough types: line/paragraph and plot. Structural changes could be slanted towards either, depending on the motivation (lose lots of word count versus fix a major conundrum).
Never, ever line edit while writing a first draft. "Draft" means you're going to fix it later, by definition. The thing that gets to me is when I realise, as I'm writing a scene, that either the plot just doesn't work or I've set it up the right events completely wrong.
If it's going in totally the wrong direction and you feel it's unsalvageable, chuck it on a didn't-work pile and start again. Don't discard/delete it, in case you end up deciding that your original direction was better than you thought. If you're writing the right events the wrong way - for instance if you decide towards the end of a scene that two pages ago you wrote XYZ when you should have written OPQ and that's the only problem with the chapter/section/scene - write a note in the margin if you're hand-drafting, or add a comment box if you're using a word processor, along the lines of "OPQ happened, not XYZ: change assumptions". Then go back to the place where you wrote XYZ and add a second note there: "Change this to OPQ". Don't
write the switch there and then - the note is so you can fix it in the next draft.
For example, I'm having a similar issue in the current chapter I'm writing: not as bad. The margin is full of notes such as " * More ominous scenery" or " * Less clarity" (of a character's thoughts: he's far too aware of the trap that is about to close around him - I
know what's happening, he
mustn't) as well as things like " * Rework description". But I'm carrying on as if I've done this, e.g. making the character from now on
more unaware of what's happening.
Basically - push on, but if you're going to tweak things, make lots of notes. Notes are not banned.
Edited by Eloisa, 30 January 2012 - 07:18 AM.