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Using Research for Procrastination

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Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:58 am
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Snoink says...

Too often, as story writers, we don't write. Instead, we procrastinate using in some very creative ways. "Before we can write," we tell ourselves, "we have to come up with a good solid outline, we have to have good strong characters, and it has to be perfect."

So we do character biographies. We outline the story, constructing every single piece of conflict, no matter how miniscule it is, and make sure every reaction of each character is perfect. We obsess over it completely and utterly for days on end.

...and then we write the first paragraph, hate it, and throw it out.

Sound familiar?

I know I was just the same! I wanted to be the best writer in the world, and if the first paragraph wasn't perfect, then I would either just throw the idea away or I would revise the first paragraph over and over and over...


Since I am a stubborn little #%^&, I decided to do the latter. That is, I wouldn't continue writing FREAK until it was perfect. Coincidentally, I didn't write that much at all, and then I would lament my sucky writing. Finally, several people bashed me on the head with blunt objects (figuratively!) and I finally started writing again. But wow... that took a while!

No. Don't do this, I beg you.

Instead, take Patton's words of advice:

"A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

Have fun!
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Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:01 am
Leja says...

aww, Snoink, why do you have to expose everyone's flaw? :wink:

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Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:10 pm
starlight88 says...

Wise advice. :smt031

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Zlarp says...

Agreed. If it turns out that what you wrote sucks, you can at least use it as a very elaborate outline. The most ideas always come during the writing itself.

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I love you so much.
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xXmusicaXx says...

Thanks for that Snoik!
I just saw this and it looked interesting...
Now I'll go write!! (or study...) XD
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