Everything is all planned out!

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  • #658059

    GlenBarrington
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    I’m ready to WRITE! But then I think of something that needs to be added (and probably will make the story/book better), but is this really just a sophisticated form of self-sabotage, and time wasting? When is enough, enough?

  • #658060

    Rob Vargas
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    I don’t think I can give you even a guideline, other than:

    It’s done when it’s done.

    Think of the story. Don’t think about looks, or style, or any of that. Does that change make the story better, make it move and progress? If yes, probably go with it. If not, probably dump it.

    But I can’t think of a “formula” for that.

  • #658062

    shadowwalker
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    Agree with Rob. Time can also be a big help in deciding whether the “new idea” should go in this story or be set aside for perhaps another one. Put the ms away for a week or two. Don’t think about it, don’t pull it out and add to it. Just put it away and work on something else. Then, after you’ve had time to distance yourself, read it from start to finish, making a few notes about what you saw (or didn’t see) as you read. You may decide that that new idea would help the story – or that it’s a cool idea but not necessary (ie, save for another story). Or that it was a cool idea that really can’t go anywhere other than “Well, that was a cool idea”…

    Editing can improve a story or, as you worry, it can be the death knell because you never stop. If nothing else, say enough is enough, do a proofread only, then get some critiques and go from there.

  • #658178

    Rob Vargas
    Moderator

    I just remembered Heinlein’s first law of writing.

    Write.

    That seems rather simplistic, but there’s a lesson in there.

    Get through the story first. Get it out on (proverbial or literal) paper. Editing on the fly, for many, is a form of self-destruction. As you’re discovering for yourself.

    You can always go back and rewrite or edit. But get it written first.

  • #658208

    wdarcy
    Participant

    Heinlein’s second law of writing:

    Finish what you write.

    And you will never finish it if you keep obsessively editing while you’re writing.

    –Warren

  • #658242

    shadowwalker
    Participant

    Just wanted to point out that obsessive editing will be the death knell of story whether you do it as you write or after you finish. Personally, I edit as I go – but I know the difference between “improving” and just “changing”. 😉

  • #658255

    wdarcy
    Participant

    Actually, I do edit a bit as I go–to the extent of re-reading and editing what I wrote the previous day. When I get to the end, I go back and subject the entire MS to a complete edit. But I know when to stop.

    –Warren

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