Write Hard, write fast, and the fire of creation will be yours.
Burn, baby, burn. On second drafts, not so much. In the Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell challenges us to write hard and write fast. It gets the story out of us and on to the paper, and then we can go back to edit. I really agree with this, for our first draft.
Bell’s first reason: We learn how to write a novel by writing a novel. Sounds simple, huh? Right… I guess there’s something to learning it the hard way. But that’s only our first novel, the consecutive books should improve with each book we write, right?
His second reason: Writing every day, day in and day out, whether we like to or not, develops professional habits. Something we’ll need if we want to make a career out of this. Once we finish one novel, we need to start on the next one and be working out an idea or two or three for the one after that. Seems a little exhausting and perhaps a tad overwhelming when you think about it, but let’s not project too far into the future, just far enough so we can kind of, sort of be prepared for it. 🙂
That said, this is exactly why I love NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Since 2007, I have written three rough drafts, a heavy outline for another, and I’ve got several ideas just waiting to be fleshed out, all because of NaNo. But, I’ve found as I’ve resurrected an old NaNo project, rewriting is a different beast. Some of you know that I’ve attempted the Camp NaNo this month, but it seems like all hell has broken loose and has risen against me. Ha. That might be overstating it a little, but my creative juices weren’t flowing like they usually do when I’m working on a new project. Looks like I’ll have to take this one a little slower, my kiddos need their mother, and I need my sanity. Ha!
So what say you? Do you agree with the “write hard, write fast” concept? Or do you like to write, edit, polish as you go?