I originally wrote this post for my Coach’s Corner Column over at Speculative Chic. It’s a fantastic blog covering all things Speculative!
The more we learn about the craft of writing, the more paranoid we become, worried that we are not going to get the wording just right. When we worry, we’re not enjoying the writing.
Everyone’s writing process differs. If you’re like me, you like to get everything down first and edit later. Some people edit as they go. Some people write a chapter or scene, edit it, then carry on. In all of these variations, at some point, the words need to get put on the page first. It is when we are getting the words on the page that we can find the joy in writing.
By extravagantly spending your word budget.
You see, unlike our actual bank accounts, we can’t overspend our word budget. That means there are no word limits when we are drafting. It doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for an 800 word flash piece or a 150,00 epic novel. Don’t be afraid to write down everything that comes to mind — description, conversation — everything that is relevant to the story. If you can’t come up with the exact perfect word at the moment, write down placeholders (make sure you note them so you can fix it when you edit).
When you feel free to play with the words, when you are free of word limits and restrictions, your creative self will relax and the creativity will flow. And isn’t writing more enjoyable when the words flow?
When we let the words flow, we are immersed in the story and the outside worries of what others will think, if it is publishable, if it is marketable, will fade.
When we are generous with our word budget, we are more comfortable with allowing more of the necessary emotion into the story.
I’ll ask again, isn’t it more enjoyable then?
When you’ve finished getting the words down, you can edit to get the words just right and to take out unnecessary words.
How thrifty have you been with your word coinage account? Loosen up the purse strings and let the words flow. What difference does that make to writing the next scene or chapter in your Work in Progress?