Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Moment

I mentioned yesterday that I wrote about 2000 words in a free hour I had the other day. Many of you commented that it sounded like a lot--I have to clarify here--I wrote a chapter and then did some editing that added some words. . . but I have yet to go back and reread what I wrote.

The freedom was putting down words on paper without worrying about the quality . . . much like I assume the writers who are doing the novel in a month are doing.

Normally, I self-edit as I go and then my books take forever to write. A friend of mine who just finished publishing her first book, told me she had 600 pages done already on her second!

It made me really wonder how well I use my time.It made me really wonder if I want to finish my books.

Sure, I write short stories and submit regularly but when it comes to books, well, I often look at them as a huge project that I can take forever on because it might not come together anyway.

Some faulty thinking for sure--but safe thinking. Sort of like building a house but never planning to live in it because the move might be too time consuming or I might not like the end product.

So when a blogger friend said, "Write today!" I did write without thinking of the results or the what-ifs or the length and instead enjoyed the pleasure of writing.

Sometimes it's nice to live in the moment. Don't you wish we always did?


Barbara said...

The pleasure of writing is where it all begins...everything else is an extension of that.

Ritergal said...

What a super achievement to knock out so much in an hour. Impressive! I've also written in both modes: edit-as-you-go and freewriting. Each has its merits.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Oh yes! Living each sweet moment is such a great adventure. All too often I've drawn from the last moment(s), or borrowed from the next one(s). The present is .... well, a "present".

Looks like you've been mining your presents.


Janna Qualman said...

I understand this all-too-well. I, too, have a hard time not editing as I go. (Can't turn that editor brain off!) With my first novel, I was really anal about perfection for two-thirds through, but then toward the end I caught the "just get it out" bug and wrote without looking back. (Part of what helped was that I wrote the last several chapters on a portable word processor, which I couldn't easily edit from.) Each has its place, and I think we have to find the system that works best for us as individuals.

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

I struggle with this because I think if what I'm writing isn't good, then it is a waste of time that only has to be redone later. But then I've heard that the way to improve your writing is to write, so it is a catch 22 for me.

In any case, you are always encouraging and uplifiting in your posts and this one has prompted me again to get a move on.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sometimes the editor can be gagged a while if you write longhand. Great work in one hour you did!