No matter what you do, whether artistic, something essential to life, or something entirely random that you decided to try, there is a norm that many people have built. Something everyone, newcomers included, are meant to follow. They set the norm in place to keep the style and concept similar and to truly turn the art into its own brilliance.
Now, I am going to crush one of the common norms of writing.
What, you might ask?
Most writers, when giving advice to others, have one tip in common and it repeats itself throughout the industry. Write the first draft and then go back and edit. This is a norm I’m going to break for Werewolf’s Lair. Why? Let me put it this way:
If I wrote this draft in a notebook and not on my laptop, I’d have thrown it against a wall a few days ago.
Every author has a point during the writing process of each book during which they doubt themselves and the book. That doubt turned into a harsh reality for me. The reality that, honestly, I should have plotted more.
Many complicated thoughts later, I’ve decided to go back and edit the core elements that are just wrong in its current form so that I can continue writing with a clear conscience. At this point, I’m inclined to believe that plot-wise, I’m at least 10,000 words farther than I am in the actual written words.
That needs to change. Once I fix things earlier in the book so events line up more, I’ll proceed with writing the book and will finish it by the end of this year. September is meant for these revisions. Writing comes back as of October.
Now let me go bash my head against a wall again.
Have you ever strayed from the norm in something you do? Share in the comments!