I attended Dragon Con in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend this year. Dragon Con is a science fiction/fantasy conference featuring a variety of activities for its fans.
Now, I’m not a huge sci-fi fan. I can take it or leave it. So, why would I attend? I had never even heard of the event until my husband, the true fan, revealed his interest. Glancing at the line-up of guests and workshops, I discovered a variety of hourly writers workshops. Now, I was interested.
I enrolled in ten classes that caught my eye, many being taught by sci-fi/ fantasy author Michael A. Stackpole. Although I don’t write sci-fi, I figured the basics of writing applied to any genre and indeed picked up many wonderful ideas I plan to incorporate into my writing.
The one writing tip that was mentioned in several of the classes was: Never edit while writing. Write your story beginning to end and THEN do your edits and rewrites.
According to the advice in the classes, if you begin each writing session with chapter one and edit over and over, it will take much longer to complete your book. It stands to reason that we all need to refresh our memory of where we left off when we begin a new session but the advice is firm, no hard edits until the book is done.
I have to admit I am guilty of editing almost every time I sit down to write but, I’m going to try to change my bad habit and forge through to the end before I begin any major edits.
How about you? Can you resist editing until after you type, THE END?
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