Many writers jump into a pit and stay there when it comes to writing because they have beautiful prose in their heads, but when it comes to getting it on paper, it doesn’t look the same. The body moves into a type of paralysis with the fingers unable to type any more in case what comes out is just as awful as what has already appeared.
Writing usually isn’t stellar in the first round, for any writer. Think of it as a boxing match. The winner has to hit his opponent many times before he finally falls. With words, the first round is composed of sentences of information. In each subsequent round, layers of goodness are added until the whole piece is a knockout.
Some perfectionists can’t get past the sign of green and red lines on their screen. I recommend blindfolding yourself, and if you can’t type that way, cover up the monitor with a large book or something to keep your fussy eyes away. It only takes a few moments to get rid of the spelling and grammar mistakes once it’s all written down, and no words will die for lack of instant correction.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month) is a time of the year when writers from all over the world commit themselves to writing 70,000 words of a novel in thirty days. The reason why so many writers like this type of challenge is because they have to force themselves to focus on word count rather than writing quality. December is used as a personal recovery program (vital for the brain and all relationships), and January is editing time.
Writing like a madman is good for you, so I’m going to issue you a challenge. Write about something to do with water and a teenager, not for one minute, but for five. Do not look up at your screen, no, not even for a second. You can do that later. When the ten minutes are up, you should be happily surprised at what you’ve written, with a view to future editing a must.
When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart. ~Rabindranath Tagore (1881 – 1941)