April 27th, 2008

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Are you an Intuitive or a Sensing Writer?

Over the past year or so I've been giving a lot of thought to my own writing processes, including trying some other writers' tried-and-proven methods for generating first drafts, revisions, and so on more efficiently.

Some of this has been for good, but most for ill, I'm afraid. I found out the hard way that if I think too much about what I'm doing as I write, I end up paralyzed. Writing for me is like walking a tightrope: the only way I can do it is to keep myself focused on the destination and not allow myself to look at my feet (or worse, that yawning pit below where things like sagging middles, cardboard characters, and inconsistent worldbuilding lurk).

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What about you? Do you intuitively hold the whole book and all its parts in your head as you write, and discover its strengths and weaknesses as you go along? Or do you break it down into smaller parts or drafts, outlines, step-by-step methods, charts, and the like to help you get the job done?
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