My Writing Life #1: Breaking Writing Rules, Old Drafts, and NaNoWriMo

Hello, everyone! I just got back from vacation, so I’ve been on a break from writing for the most part. However, I’m going to be doing more posts about where I am in writing, called “My Writing Life”.

Some of you may be intrigued by the title, so let me explain. A while ago, I wrote a post on GWFFG about prepping for NaNoWriMo by writing everyday. For that, I thought it would be better for me to have a bigger project to work on. The idea came when I was looking through Pages on iCloud and saw Crossing Galaxies, a novella I wrote last spring. I decided for the second draft to completely rewrite it.

Onto breaking the writing rules. As a writer, I’ve heard two things all the time: (1) write your first draft quickly to get it down and (2) break the writing rules.

Number one is advice even I’ve given, but I think it’s time for me to break this rule. I’ve read about editing as you write the first draft on Go Teen Writers, and I want to try it.  I can be a perfectionist, and I dreaded going back to the first draft of Royale to edit it. It would be so much easier for me as a writer to edit with a clean draft.

*note* In my Writing Goals post, I accidentally said I finished my first draft instead of the second draft. I just realized that and I was like “that explains all the comments”. XD

So, I’m going to edit as a re-write Crossing Galaxies, and if I like it I’ll do it for NaNoWriMo too. NaNoWriMo veterans will say “But how will you get 50k words?” I’ve grown enough as a writer to trust that I can do it.

How do you write? Do what works for you, not what everyone else says works for you. Break the rules and see what happens. Discover something new.  Whether you’re a rule follower or breaker, make sure your unique writer voice is shining through.

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