It’s so easy to be distracted. And, even with the best of intentions, sometimes life just takes over. Or ‘the day job’ does.
In their fabulous blogpost S.C.Green blogs about how easy it is to delay productivity and get pulled off track. At the end he asks the question “Have you ever got derailed and struggled your way back?” It got me to thinking about my writing process …
I’m one of those people who plans upfront, then once I’ve got the chapter outline sorted, writes the first draft at full pace. My current WIP first draft took three months start to finish.
And then comes the editing. The second draft seemed to go slow – editing out all the unnecessary waffle and clichés I’d put in as I sped through the first draft. But, if the second draft was snail-like in speed compared to the rabbit-like first draft, the third draft is an elderly snail who gets out of breath after less than a minute!
So, there’s no doubt about it, for me editing is a long haul task. And the thing about long haul is it’s super easy to get distracted – Twitter, Facebook, a new novel by one of my favourite authors, the garden, whatever! The payoff takes such a long time with editing it gets me yearning for something more immediate.
But, as S.C.Green says, no matter how many excuses I can come up with, the editing isn’t going to do itself. Meaning – however slow an editing snail I am, I have to keep focusing on my track or I’ll never reach my destination.
I guess that’s the thing with writing – you’ll never be a novelist unless you actually finish the damn thing!