When it comes to finishing a first draft without tinkering too much I really do start out with the best of intentions. Then, of course, my internal editor starts in with the but…but…if you don’t add this important bit of information, which you need to look up right this minute, because…
I believe I’ve written before about being distracted by the “sparkly”. Research is a sparkly that I can’t seem to resist. Especially, when I’ve been trapped in the house by snow and falling temperatures and need a pleasant distraction.
My current WIP requires a basic knowledge of World War I and bootlegging. Basic, is a relative term. The time period fascinates me and I keep justifying the time spent away from writing because I need the information—for background. For a character the reader will be learning about as the series progresses.
As happy as this makes my internal editor, it ticks off my muse. She’s promised me a prize the next time I manage to write an entire first draft without looking up any information. I could use some new duds for the Romantic Times Convention that’s coming up in May but I’m pretty sure I’ve already blown any chance of making her deadline by then.
I joke about my attention span, but being snowed in for almost two weeks is not conducive to staying focused. The one thing I do feel that I’ve been accomplishing lately, is finding out why this character would behave the way he does. Because everything, from the price of bread to the length of ladies hemlines depended on and still does depend on what’s going on in the world at the time the character lived.
I tell myself that, in the long run, I’m saving time. I know; I’m rationalizing—but I’m looking for a good argument the next time my muse starts whining.
Do you write your first draft without stopping or is your internal editor a buttinsky? Humor me. It will go a long way in alleviating my cabin fever and my curious nature.
Until next month,
Happy Reading (and/or Writing)!
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