While in the midst of writing the other night, I realized that pretty much all of the thousand words I was churning out were going to either have to be cut or completely rewritten. Talk about discouraging!
It made me want to quit.
I mean, why keep going when you know it’s all going to get slashed out later?
I’ll tell you why.
Because, as much as it sucks to know that you’re writing garbage as you’re writing it (as opposed to finding out how bad it is when you go back later to edit) if you keep going you will eventually wade through the muck and get a clear flow again.
I know this from experience.
And sure enough, eventually the sloggy, awkward, stilted, “I don’t want to be writing this” scenes were behind me and what I was writing began to pick up momentum, moving toward something that was much more fun to write.
That part isn’t perfect yet either (it’s a first draft – it’s not supposed to be perfect) but it’s a lot better than what had preceded it.
And it might still end up getting cut – I’m pretty sure that it’s too much detail that the reader doesn’t need.
But that doesn’t matter either, because 1) it’s better than what I had been writing and 2) it has me moving back into the flow of the story.
And soon now things will be going along swimmingly…