The Gifts of Writing Fast…

While some are daunted by the daily word count asked of us (1600) during NaNoWriMo, the positive aspect of this entire venture is to simply write.

Such a high word count due to the compression of time (one month) leaves little time to think, which for me, is where the inner critic slips in.

NaNoWriMo is also a great time to learn about my strengths and challenges in writng, the way I write, my process.

Drawing a blueprint for this novel prior to writing the rough draft gave my editor/internal critic time to a stretch its wings.

It was well worn down by the time I started writing for NaNoWriMo.

That I am so focused on the task at hand as laid out in my blueprint when writing each day, I have little space or fuel to donate to marching orders delivered by the inner critic.

This pre-paration for the journey of writing the first draft was a great time to work with my editor. So much of the editor wants everything perfect when written or typed the first time.

Thank goodness for computers that allow for a minimum of changes while typing. I really feel for the writers of olden times who used pen and pencil, or even quill with ink.

Yet the use of computers erases much of the process of writing and drafting.

The ability to write and edit one’s draft while writing prevents us from seeing the minutia of our process.

Gaining a sense of my process as a writer/artist is as important to me as learning the essentials of the craft of writing.

Process informs my craft, shapes the bedrock of how I write.

My process for crafting a story is essentially how I write, how I create.

How do you write?

How much does process influence what you write?

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~ by Anjuelle Floyd on November 30, 2009.

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