As I’m starting to gear up for NaNoWriMo season, I’m reminded of all the ways writing creatively is different from the revisions process. Both take a lot of energy and fill me with excitement. Between the two, I think that writing is harder but more rewarding. It’s easy for me to get bogged down in the little details, write myself into a corner, and start feeling stuck. Having to go back in the rough draft and delete progress is extremely discouraging for me. I don’t know why it’s qualitatively different than deleting scenes from a finished manuscript (something I’ve done extensively without negative morale), but it just is.
This is why I’m an outliner and not a discovery writer.
But writing creatively is similar to the revisions process in one key way–scheduling is very important to me. Organization is the base of my entire writing process. When I’m organized, it’s easier for me to keep track of my progress and hold myself accountable. My goal for the week is to make a schedule for the month of October. I want to have target dates for when I’ll have my outline done, when I’ll have my research done, and when I’ll have setting and character descriptions entered into Scrivener. I will also need to write four to six substantive updates and schedule them into my blog for my Monday post updates. I love you guys and don’t want you to disappear while I’m bogged down in the process of actual writing, and I’ve been meaning to build my buffer back up again so that I’m not sitting here at 8 am on a Monday morning before work, trying to think up something substantive to write.
Off I go to think up themes for future Monday posts.