Friday, February 14, 2014

Taking a Break from Your WIP

As promised, some of this blog is dedicated to the art of writing. And when you're writing professionally, sometimes it seems like all of that can be weighed down with the business aspects. I know when I was trying to please others with my writing, my writing often came across as lazy and too quick--I wanted to get it done for the sake of getting it done. Now, I understand the importance of quality vs. quantity.

I've been working on my current WIP for at least four years. I haven't been writing this particular draft for that long, but I have had this seed of an idea. And frankly, I think it's a good one with some serious potential. So, despite the interest there is in it, I know the last WIP just didn't work, so it's time to write with actual intention.

Earlier this week, I found myself starting to get stressed about deadlines, so I began to simply write my 2,000 word a day quota. As a consequence, the writing was stilted and lazy. It wasn't a complete and utter mess, but it definitely wasn't something to keep going with. So I decided to take a break from writing for the week, clear my head, and see where I turned up later. 30,000 into this rewrite, I think this is a great plan as it makes the writing process much more organic and less about "GET THIS DONE NOW."

What are your thoughts?

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