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“I thought you said you weren’t feeling well, why did you wear your self out cleaning the house?” my mom asked.
I know exactly what my grandma means by that. But when I’m writing, over and over I get the lesson that I must allow a mess. I know this, but that doesn’t make it any easier. The only way to become okay with this is to practice making a mess. That’s the biggest lesson so far from my story a week project.
Having a one week deadline, not just this week but every week, made me realize just how much I was revising during the first draft and how it can really screw up the CHAOTIC FLOW of the work. I can see now that whenever I hit a tough spot, I slip into revising as an avoidance measure. You know, I’ll just tidy up a couple of these paragraphs or move some things around. Pretty soon all my writing time is gone, and I haven’t moved the story forward from where it was the day before. Now, whenever I catch myself reading around and tidying up, I put my cursor back at the bottom of the page and force myself to work on the next scene, or any unwritten scene.
I’ve written two stories (not finished but ready-for-revision drafts) this month. This week I’m working on my third. Something that was supposed to be a flash story, but is looking like it will come in at about 3,000 words. Today it’s still a mess, but that’s okay.