Saturday, November 20, 2010

Reversing my goals

My approach to writing is constantly changing.

When I first started writing novels two years ago, I thought to myself, "I'm going to write the best novel I can write."

I didn't think about finishing a novel or a plot, even though those ideas are incorporated into writing the best novel.

Enjoying writing is something that's new to me this year, and I've found that trying to power through and just get the ideas down has become more important than making sure that my writing is polished and beautiful--I keep telling myself that's what editing afterwards is for.

I don't know if this is going to work. I'm scared to find that I'll finally finish a novel (yes!) but I'll be too overwhelmed to edit it. I love editing, though, and maybe it was my love for correcting that slowed me down before and left two of my manuscripts unfinished.

My fingers are crossed. I'm closer to the end than ever before.

This is really it, this is the beginning.

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