TAKING TIME TO PONDER HELPS


Well, I’m so proud of myself. I’m coming to the end of writing another new series. It took a lot longer than I planned. A whole extra 30 days more!

Eeek!

But you know what? That’s not always a bad thing. Even though I had a detailed outline of each chapter, and had replayed the entire story over and over in my head maybe thousands of times – it still wasn’t quite ready.

WHY SLOWING DOWN HELPED MY STORY

The extra time I took on this one piece of work helped me make it more unique, more detailed and definitely richer. It also gave me more time to research.

I believe that your writing time is like a writer’s own special cooking time. Some writers rush through the first draft and leave huge plot chuncks out to fix later. But I like to make sure that my plot is thoroughly flushed out in the first draft. That way when I send it out to beta readers they can concentrate on grammar, sentence structure, character development and big gotcha’s.

Now I must be honest in saying my natural stewing time puts me either at 3 months up to 4 months (like this last WIP) of actual writing time. But at the end of it all, I’ve created a much better woven story.

DO YOU STEW WHILE WRITING? OR ANYTHING THAT’s MADE THE END PRODUCT BETTER?

~ by LM Preston on August 26, 2011.

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