Writing Quote

"Don't write merely to be understood.
Write so that you can't possibly be misunderstood."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Creating as an Editing Tool

Hey! I made it back before the month ended. Look at how good I am!

I'm a little behind on my editing for this month, but I've gotten some time in every day and I've scratched one item off my list already. The problem I'm running into now that keeps me from spending more time actively editing my MS is the need to create. I don't mean that I want to work on something new and it's distracting me from editing. I mean that as I edit, it becomes necessary in the editing process to create something new.

For example, the scene I'm working on right now is super short compared to all the other chapters. That's not a horrible thing, but it has me questioning whether the information revealed in that chapter is essential. Some of it is. So I figure I can either try to extend the chapter with some new material that will make further necessary revelations or I can try to combine a couple related chapters, which means writing this information from a different character's perspective. In either case, I'm creating new material. And that's where I'm stuck. In one case, I need some stock characters that I don't really need to keep track of later. In the other case, the information will be presented second hand, after the fact.

I have to remind myself that I don't have to keep any changes that I make. I could write the scene both ways and see which works better. I'm having difficulty switching from edit mode to create mode. So my question for my fellow writers is:

When you need to create during the edit phase of a project, how do you get your brain to shift back and forth between the edit mindset and the create mindset?

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