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Never stop dreaming, 'cause the day you stop dreaming, is the day you stop living.

Do you stray from the norm?


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.

On a different note, I pre-ordered this last week!
That’ll be a nice change after the horrors of all this editing.

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!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

5 thoughts on “Do you stray from the norm?

  1. Good luck with editing and then finishing Werewolf’s Lair. Sometimes you do just have to make changes before you go any further.
    I was always taught to edit on paper. I’ve ditched that method since buying Scrivener and, frankly, my editing is a lot more thorough as a result. Plus I’ll be saving trees in future!

  2. Da Vinci said ‘Art is never finished, but merely abandoned’ Meaning there is always something to add or modify.
    I hop you will get the courage one day to abandon your work, I hardly had it, but eventually I did.

  3. Love tovreadcabout other writers’ processes. Interesting. Though be gentle on yourself. Don’t bang your head too hard!

  4. Editing isn’t always about “fixing errors”; sometimes, the edit is because you’ve realised the most awesome addition, or an even more exciting way for the story to turn. It would be downright foolish to stop yourself from making those kinds of edits until you’ve gone through the rest of the story! Sometimes, editing in the middle is just as important. 🙂


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