I know it probably comes off that I’m some free-stylin’ word slinger with my talk of no re-writing. That isn’t really the truth at all. In fact, like most (all?) early writers I struggle with micro-managing the words.
What do I mean?
I mean…sometimes I focus too much on the right word, or the right sentence structure, at the expense of story. Or, at least, that is my impression. Maybe the story suffers or not, I honestly don’t think I can tell. That’s something a reader can tell much better than the writer.
I do catch myself doing this. And I don’t know what the answer is (?). I like to think that as I write more, and gain more confidence this will just sort of fade away.
Any writers out there a little further along with words of wisdom? How about some of you at similar spot in your writing journey, do you face similar struggles?
*on the plus side 3,000+ words on the current novel today.
4 thoughts on “Focus on the Words”
Yup, been guilty of that a long whilte back. For me, figuring out it was the characters’ story, not mine, is what broke the habit. Now I just let them tell me the story (in their words). When I cycle back through what I’ve written (about every thousand words) I allow them to add what I missed. Occasionally they change a word or phrase. So my big key is to remember the characters, not I, are living the story.
That’s a good reminder. Thanks
Definitely not ahead of you in the world of writing, but wanted to say I still struggle with this as well. I get we’re the worst judges of our own work, but I can’t help but feel it would be worse if I didn’t clean things up a little. Maybe that’s a good reason to just try a few stories where I just let it go, submit them to markets, and see what happens. Couldn’t be any worse than my current form rejections. Hah.
Thanks, Phillip. Nice to know I’m not alone.