I still use the same method when I'm not doing NaNo as it stops me from getting bogged down in perfectionism and helps me to move through the story. Ideas come quicker and flow easier, often ideas I would never have come up with if I had been agonising over what to write or trying to craft the perfect sentence.
The next stage is the edit, that where I take time to remove all the extra bits I haven't filtered out but I still work fast, setting myself a certain number of pages each day. I always know I will go back and re-edit the pages and probably will several times, so it takes off the perfection pressure.
Writing and editing is a process of layering the story, adding details, taking away any unnecessary words and scenes until it just feels right. Once I got comfortable with that (or remember that) it all gets much easier and much more fun.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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