February 29, 2012

When Your Writing Won’t Behave, Part Three: Solving the Problem

Posted in organizing your writing, Practice Writing tagged , , , , at 12:56 pm by Rebecca Hein

We’ve seen that the urge to tell the reader everything can slow down our narrative, confuse it, and nearly make it impossible for us to write. All because of the aftershocks from the initial impetus to write our novel, essay, play, or poem.

Fortunately, the solution is simple: give yourself plenty of time to write freely and without restrictions. This habit, I’ve found, gives free rein to all our sidetracks and off-topic ideas. Over time, these aftershocks spend themselves, and then we can write our main points without so many distractions.

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