"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Friday, October 22, 2010

Going Against the Norm

I know I've been rather quiet for the last couple months (wow that makes it feel a lot longer than it should) so I apologized, but I am starting to gear back into my writing mode again.

Instead of forging on though and writing fresh stuff, I've been going back through my manuscript to fix the parts that have been bugging me. I guess you can call it preliminary editing. I know I will be called out as an odd ball for this but I love that stage. I know, I know, keep the gasps of horror to a minimum please. But the polishing is what makes my writing sparkle and its usually when my best stuff comes out.

But my best friend thinks I'm nuts. She thinks I should just keep writing and save the editing until I'm finished with the first draft. I suppose for most writers she's right. Most writers have written out outlines and scribbled out notes of how conversations will go. But I don't roll that way. I like building upon what I write. I like going back to revisit what I've got so far and then build from there. Its a good way for me to keep a cohesive thread in my storyline.

So that leads me to my question...What do you guys do that's purely you? How does your writing process differ from the general norm?


Nicole said...

Well for one... you are nuts. But its why I love you so. And two, right now, in my opinion its what ever keeps you writing. If editing is exciting you...then EDIT LIKE THE WIND BULLSEYE!

C.M. Villani said...

LOL! And you call me nuts. Well as of right now I'm taking another crazy alternative approach. Outline. Oh let joy. So far not so bad but then again, I'm going through the chapters I've already written. Makes the whole outlining thing a heck of a lot easier.

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