Word to the Wise: Advice In The Car Rider Line

aaaWhew!  The last two days have been quite productive for me.  Not in the “I’ve cleaned the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and washed the car” kind of productive but rather the “I’ve written 2000 words in two days” kind of way.  And its interesting because it took the advice from a podcast I stumbled upon to get my creative juices flowing.

Its called “I Should Be Writing” on Stitcher radio, and her name is Mur Lafferty.  She hosts a fantastic podcast that gives “wanna-be” fiction writers great advice on the craft of writing and everything else a struggling writer might be pulling out their hair about.

While in the car rider line at my daughter’s school, I get about 20 minutes to listen to her wise advice as I stare at the idling car in front of me.  Two days ago, Mur gave me the best advice yet.  She said (I’m not quoting this exactly so don’t hold me to it) not stress over the editing while you write.  She said that it will kill your creative drive and make your story drag out longer than it should.  Her advice for beginning writers is to put that editor’s hat in the closet until AFTER you finish your entire first draft.  This may come as old news to some of you, but for me it was pure fireworks on the Fourth of July!  For so long I’ve obsessed with a sentence or paragraph to the point where I become frustrated, deflated, and sometimes homicidal.

So I took her advice and low and behold 2000 words spilled from my fingers!  It was just what I needed to hear.  But please don’t get me wrong.  I’m not encouraging NOT to edit at all, but just let that part of the writing process have its place.  At the end of the story.

Anyway, carry on my writing friends.  Don’t let my meager blog slow you down.  WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!  And put that editor’s hat away.  For now at least. 🙂

P.S. You can find Mur Lafferty and her awesome podcasts on her website at  www.murverse.com


4 thoughts on “Word to the Wise: Advice In The Car Rider Line

  1. “Turning off the editor” is the advice that I picked up from my participation in National Novel Writing Month. Constant editing really slows you down. I still edit as I go, but I try to remind myself to stiffle the urge as much as possible in order to get my ideas down while they are fresh.

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