The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers whose purpose is to share with and encourage other writers. Writers can express doubts and concerns and offer & receive encouragement and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month.
Many thanks to the co-hosts for November: Tyrean Martinson, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Stephen Tremp.
The Beauty of Writing:
You don't always have to get it right the first time! What? You're telling me I don't have to write my story perfectly the first time? I get a second chance to get it right? Maybe even a third chance? Hallelujah! One of the reasons my current w-i-p isn't ready to publish right now is because I'm a certifiable nut over errors. I can't resist rereading lines, paragraphs, pages, even chapters, constantly correcting as I go. I often spend more time in reverse than I do moving forward (well, not really, but it feels that way some days).
Sometimes, it's the small things that give us an unexpected wake-up call. The other day (after a morning spent editing when I should have been writing), I came across these words of wisdom by Robert Cormier. The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. Well Duh! I know that but talk about a timely reminder coming when I sorely needed it.
At times, I lose the flow of my story because I can't resist the urge to fix errors as I go. Mentally, I know I should just write the story . . . get it all on paper. Corrections/changes are made during edits, right? I know that. And yet the urge to correct as I go is overwhelming - it's hard to resist fixing just one more little error, just like it's hard for smokers and drinkers to resist the next smoke or drink. (Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but you know what I mean.)
The obvious answer for me is to continue writing my story and stop doing so much rereading. There's a time for editing . . . after completing the first draft! After all, the beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time! In this profession, you do get a second chance!
Are you a "correct as you go" or a "wait until you're done" type writer?