Very brilliant. Something I haven’t considered at all, and will have to look into as I write The Jump.
I’m currently trudging through the first draft of my second novel, an experience made horribly stressful by my self-imposed one-month deadline. (Just over two weeks to go! Eek!) I’m already way behind schedule after spending the first four days completely ignoring all the advice I gave myself in my previous post on first drafts, but I’ve just about got the hang of it now.
The trick is to keep writing, to keep pushing forward – by any means necessary.
My first draft is really terrible so far. I’ve avoided all attempts at metaphors, I ‘tell’ rather than ‘show’, and my humorous novel is currently lacking anything close to a joke. But the words are coming – and with a first draft, that’s all you need. The clever stuff comes later.
In terms of helping to get words on the page, one particular cardinal sin of writing has helped me the…
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