Forward only. That’s my new policy. Sounds easy enough, but it goes against my every way of writing, editing and revising. It just makes sense, forward only, because that’s the way of real progress; two steps forward, one step back–that’s not helpful at all, and it’s quite often very frustrating.
Forward only is the way of progress, pure and simple.
But, I have to say that enacting this new policy won’t be easy. I really like reviewing my previous day’s work before I continue onward… Often, I’ll go back a full page or two before moving on. I like doing this because it helps me get in sync with the scene, get in the groove and feel and create the necessary continuity between the previous and current day’s writing. I also do this so I can check, recheck, and further revise and edit what has been written.
I’ve always written this way. It’s a thorough way but, yes, this way slows me down, hinders my progress, and…I didn’t really realize it until now. Well, duh. Okay, I’ll admit, I’m a little too focused at times and I miss the obvious, but what matters is that I do usually see what needs to be seen. Eventually. So, I’ve decided this way of writing has to change. It’s gonna bug me, it’ll challenge me, but starting tomorrow, I’m going forward only. Still, part of me wonders, “Can we go back one page?” No. “How about half a page? Can we do half a page?” Nope, can’t do it. No way. “One paragraph? Gimme just one stinkin’ paragraph!” Well…perhaps, but no more. No more.
Forward only. That’s how progress is made. That’s my policy from now on, even if it hurts my brain.