Thursday, May 31, 2012
Don't Overthink This Post
Have you ever found yourself stuck at a certain point in your story? Even when you walk away from your writing utensils, you are still obsessed with what the character should do next. You question if the plot is going in the right direction. You wonder if the setting has been expressed clearly enough. You revise and rewrite the opening line until your fingers start to bleed.
This, my friend, is not healthy. While it is good to be involved in the story you are telling, it is important to remember when to let go. Sometimes, you just have to let things flow and stop worrying. If you keep revisiting that one line and stress that it just isn't right, you are going to overload yourself and might even get burnt-out before you are even close to finishing your story. The best approach is to write your first draft in its entirety, then go back and make any changes. At some point, however, you need to make a decision and stick with it, instead of revisiting the same passage a hundred times. Allow yourself some wiggle room!