As you might recall, I've decided to participate in a writing challenge organized. My goal in the month of March is to write 25 rough scenes.
This is the seventh day of the challenge and I have written . . . five scenes. Which means I am pretty much on track to complete my goal.
What I'm finding, though, is that typing the scenes that I'm handwriting is killing my momentum. When I'm putting it down in the journal, it's usually flowing pretty well, but when I type what I've written, I start getting all picky and frustrated because none of this resembles anything good.
Yesterday, I read E. Lockhart's interview at Mrs. Magoo Reads. Something she said is really resonating with me at this moment:
The biggest difference between me and many extremely talented writers I went to college with is that my books are finished, and theirs are not. You write the book. You finish it. Then you make it good.
So, I'm changing my goal in a subtle way. Instead of aiming for 25 typed scenes (which I'm not sure I ever specified, but that's was what I was envisioning), I'm going to hand-write 25 scenes. Maybe I'll do more if those ideas come to me. After they are all written down, then I will start to type them. And that's, of course, when I'll start trying to make it good.