Today: March 6, 2019
I woke up at 6 today and didn’t feel tired, but I relaxed in bed for an extra 30 minutes, dozing lightly, taking my time in coming to full awareness. I love a slow wakeup!
It’s taken me two whole weeks to get used to this early morning schedule, and when we go to Japan I’ll lose it. That’s okay, but I’ll need to rebuild my circadian rhythm when we get back.
Yesterday, I read two short books about writing process. One advocated against rewriting, but for editing. It’s a subtle but intriguing difference. Instead of producing “shitty first drafts” which require rounds of fixing, you write as if you’re producing a final product. Because writing involves some “cycling through” in the form of re-reading past sections to prepare yourself for writing new sections, you can “smooth things out” and make improvements here and there. But that’s different than writing a mess with the intention of fixing it later. And the scary part? When you’ve finished the manuscript, you are done! Do a proofread for errors, then publish it.
According to Dean Wesley Smith, this method makes a writer prolific, keeps boredom away, and honors the creative voice.
I’m sure a person could claim that this “cycling through” process is just rewriting by a different name, but I see the difference. And I suspect that writing a story with the mindset that you are writing WHAT YOU WILL PUBLISH produces different work than the call to blast through your first draft, quick and messy, determined to do surgery on it later.