Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Writing Style Reality Check

I’m doing it all wrong!

Every book I read about how to write faster and better says you need to do a quick brain dump. Don’t worry about how the words come out, they say. Just get into your groove and let it all come out.

I can’t do that.

When I see a typo, I’ve got to go back and correct it. Same thing happens when Word shows me those green squiggly lines. I’ve got to go back and correct those grammatical errors. Don’t know why. It’s just the way I’ve been programmed.

For me, it’s easier to do it right the first time. I take a lot of time rewriting as I go. I agonize over words. Which one sounds better? Should I say it this way, or would it sound better this way? My thought is if I leave it uncorrected I’m going to let it go, and it’s going to be published that way.

I don’t know about you, but I forget things.

If I don’t do something right away when I’m thinking about it, it’s gone. Sure I can make myself a bunch of notes. Maybe I will get around to using them, maybe I won’t.

That brings us back to the whole premise of this post, am I doing it wrong?

Most days I still write 1500 to 2000 words. When I’m inspired, and things are really clicking, I can easily write 7500 words. Can those guys doing brain dumps write that fast? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. I’m going to keep doing what works best for me.

How about you?

Do you feel the need to let it all hangout and just let your words flow, or do you stop to correct yourself along the way?

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