Writing + editing at the same time – A bad Idea?

Now here’s a thing – my current target is to increase my word count of my WIP by c 5000 words per week. That seems to me a realistic target and on that basis I SHOULD have a finished first draft within a month. (I wanted it for Christmas, but hey, January would be fine.) My normal practice is to start each day by re-reading the last few pages I wrote and do a little light editing as a way of getting me back into the mood of the piece and then move on to fresh writing. Some days it works better than others and I can fly along (well if you can consider writing 1200 words ‘flying’.) Other days I struggle to grind out 500 words.

But this article Drafting + Writing + Writer’s Block has got me wondering. Do we in fact use a different part of the brain for these two functions? I don’t know enough about brain function to know, but I think I should try to find out. Because if this is true it could be a game-changer (and I might even get that draft finished sooner than I thinkā€¦)

So if anybody out there knows the answer to this question, please tell me. And if you’ve got any experience to share I’d love to hear it.

More inspiring medium?

When I’m struggling on my laptop and my characters have gone awol and the next part of the plot is eluding me would I be more inspired if I was writing on vellum? I wonder? One thing is for sure, then and now, it would have been too expensive to make mistakes. I’d certainly have to learn to get it right first time! Hmmm…


Thank you for this, Olivia Randolph

A Challenging 2013 for Margaret Skea – all advice welcome!

It’s going to be a challenging 2013.

By June I want to have the sequel to Turn of the Tide finished and ideally at second draft stage…that will be challenging in itself – 40,000 words in now and with a fair idea of the book’s ending, but not a clue of where / when exactly it will start!!

Learning the ropes of blogging / tweeting / FBing / and networking – probably more taxing than a daily climb of our nearest mountain – Big Cheviot!

And now I’ve just signed up for the Historical Fiction Challenge – not quite sure what I’m committing to there – couldn’t quite follow the instructions, but I do know it involves a lot of reading / reviewing – beats re-runs of Morse on TV anyway!

And the prospect of putting some short stories out on Kindle beckons – once I’ve got (my understanding of) the technology sorted…

Watch all these spaces…