Day 80 – Leaving the crappy writing for later

Day eighty of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,200

I have no idea why but tonight I was wide awake and on a roll. I didn’t work quickly, but I did get a nice amount of writing done. This was just the opposite of what I experienced yesterday when I kept falling asleep while writing. Exhaustion really takes a toll on my ability to think and write something meaningful. And my productivity, too.

I have a feeling the 500 words I wrote last night are total garbage. The idea behind the scene I started is good (I think), but the rest of the writing and content is crap (I think). That’s one of the problems with falling asleep at the wheel. I don’t remember most of what I wrote. The temptation to go back to read and fix it tonight was strong. But I’m not going to do it. I’m leaving it for later.

Those 500 words of potentially crappy writing are there to stay until I finish the first draft and go back later to edit them or cut them out entirely. Most writers know the beginning of the Stephen King quote, “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings…” Because of this quote, I know how important it is to not spend time now editing and re-working the crappy writing. Because if I can’t turn it into something brilliant, I’ll have to kill it. And writing that I spent tons of precious, agonizing time and effort editing and re-writing is more of a darling little dear to me than writing completed in one shot while nodding off to sleep that I barely even remember. Those are darlings I can kill without remorse.

And this is another example of why I, with great effort, try to follow the rule to write now, edit later.