So I've passed the 10% mark on my novel first draft. I know the writing is far from my best. And the further I go along, the more comfortable I am with that.
For example, right now I have a lot of "he said" / "she said" stuff going on with my quotes. I know the bulk of them will be removed in the editing process. But it's also what flows from the fingertips as I'm typing, so I decide to let them stand. I'd rather spend more time on editing later than disrupt the free-flowing thought process of the first draft.
When I'm writing articles, press releases, or other pieces for clients, I can't write that way (I often edit as I go), so this is all rather new to me. It's a rather enjoyable way to write though.
I guess my philsophy is this: The first draft isn't about creating a masterpiece. It's just about getting the overall story down (almost like putting together an impromptu bedtime story for a little kid). Prettying it up, making sure all of the details are right, things are consistent, etc - that's all a part of the editing process.
I have to wonder how most others write. I used to think people were crazy when they said not to edit as you go. But the more I write this way, the more I see their point. I mean, I've always done some editing after a first draft. Now I just allow the first draft to be much "rougher" without allowing that to make me look down on the project. I like it.
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