My first draft writing muscles have apparently atrophied during the Year of the Revision. Instead of first draft fun, I’m getting first draft slog. Where’s the wild wonder of unfettered storytelling? After forcing the daily 500 words on to the page, I’m relieved to be done–and more than happy to enjoy Avatar: The Last Airbender guilt-free.
I have so much anxiety about this book. It’s all tying me up in knots. I’ve planned and outlined and mindmapped and brainstormed, but too much is hidden from me still. I’m afraid to write badly, afraid to write anything less than exquisite prose, delightful description, or brilliant characterization After having gone through the work of salvaging a wrecked first draft, I’m afraid of having another mess on my hands. Hence, the slow, over-cautious, pessimistic and perfectionist attitude I’m suffering from.
I’m hoping the daily 500 habit will break that. If not, I may have to up my target to a 1,000 words. Take that, Inner Editor! Let’s see you maintain that stranglehold on my creativity with those kinds of writing speeds. Right Brain, take back the story, or no more Avatar for you.
How’re your writing projects coming along?