So my partner-in-crime (okay, critique partner) Elana Johnson and I were chatting the other night (and yes, we are always chatting) about the progress, or lack there of, on our latest projects. Rather than explain it, I thought I’d just let you read for yourself:
- me – I have written…. VERY LITTLE
I keep deleting everything I write
- Elana – Hey, stop that!
No deleting until I’ve read it.
- me – hahahahaha
- Elana – I do not trust you in this regard. No more deleting.
- me – what! I am shocked…
You DONT trust me?????
- Elana – Not in this regard!
- me – alright…alright
but dude…this is ME you are talking to!
- Elana – No more deletage.
There is a point to all this rambling.
I realized as we chatted, and then later when I attempted to write, that I am an edit-as-I-go writer. I will write, rewrite, and rewrite the first chapter of a new project a gazillion times!
Then I’ll send it to a couple of peeps to make sure I am coming across the way I want to with regards to voice.
All of this before I get any more than 10K into the story (in fact – I often do this before I even reach 5K).
Why on earth do I do this? I really don’t know. But it seems to help me a lot.
Once I have the beginning set the way I like it, I can map out the rest of the story and write write write.
What about you guys? Tell me about your process.
(And yes, Elana…I am writng now without deleting!)