My struggle to slow things down
There are many authors who trim the fat from their rough drafts. I will trim some of my story in places, I’m sure. But, a lot of my first draft editing will revolve around adding flesh to the more bony pieces of my story (there are a good many of them).
And why is that?
Well, I need to slow down when writing – to expand on some of my over-simplification or summarization to enrich my story. I feel like my “bony parts” are a natural outgrowth of someone who used to skip around to different scenes in a story (and never finish) moving to a more linear form of writing. And then there is always the hurry to get a rough draft finished. All of these factors can make me forget to savor the true magic of description for some of my “in-between” or “set up” scenes – something I am trying to work on now.
While going through my rough draft to expand certain sections, I like to think of Frank Sinatra’s words of advice in “Nice n’ Easy:”
“…the problem now of course is
to simply hold your horses
to rush would be a crime
’cause nice and easy does it every time…”
Ol’ blue eyes can always put things in perspective. 🙂