There is an old adage that author should write fast and revise slowly. It’s a good habit to get into.
Writing fast preserves the immediacy of inspiration – it has a freshness about it. The ideas pour out. Of course it’ll be rough, maybe very rough. But, as we know, a rubbish first draft is better than no first draft.
That, I think, is where National Novel Writing Month comes in. A quick blurt of 50,000 words, not much polished.
The quality comes from the revision. Like it or not, a finished first draft is usually only the beginning of the writing journey. And that quality can take time.
Maybe it’ll involve a re-write, possibly a substantial one. Is there a percentage – 20 percent writing, 80 percent revising? Not really. It’ll depend on the individual author and how they write.
How much time do you usually put into revisions, after drafting?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013