December 4, 2013

Writing Club Wednesday: Our Writing Achilles Heel

Good Morning, all!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I'm in the process of drafting a new novel. There are a lot of adaptations we make as writers - trying new genres, experimenting with voice, researching things we know nothing about for the sake of adding depth and life to our stories.

But I think most or all of us also have an Achilles heel when it comes to writing (See also this post on Signature Stupid Moves). Mine? I am simply not capable of fast drafting.

I sit in awe as people tweet about the tens of thousands of words they've spewed out in mere days, and wonder what's wrong with me when I'm high-fiving myself over a piddly 1000 or more.

This manuscript is the first I've ever really tried to fast draft. My husband's aunt is here from CT helping out with the baby, and I knew I had to take advantage of the way she takes him out of my arms and orders me to write (I know, right? A dream!) I vowed that I'd worry about getting the words down first, and making them pretty later.

The problem? I can't write that way.

I draft and edit at the same time. I mull over plot points, and whether or not they make sense. I have to know how things connect long before I get to the scene that pulls them all together. I can't freakin' let go. Which is why my manuscript has gone from 9K to 34K in the past six weeks. That's 25K in six weeks. Could be worse, I know. But some people do that in six days.

I can't do it, Captain. I don't have the power.

Revisions, on the other hand? Those I can rock like it's my birthday.

What about you, Misfiteers? What's your Writer's Achilles Heel? And what are you most awesome at?


Fida Islaih said...

Revisions is my worst. I also can't fast draft, I can't think when I force myself. Yet I can do streams of writing when I love a scene or two.

Laura Rueckert said...

My biggest recurring weakness is the plot in the first half. I specifically focused on it this time around and still got the same comment from my alpha reader. *sigh* On the other hand, I'm pretty good at voice and a "smoothness" in writing, so much so that I can "trick" some readers into not noticing the plot issues. (Just not all readers, so I do have to fix them in the end). :-)

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