That blog title is a second- or third-hand directive borrowed from Edgar-Award winning mystery writer, Julie Smith – as told by Chris Baty in “No Plot? No Problem!”, though it was originally spoken by a boss of Julie’s (pg. 125)
“In deciding what should happen next in your book, know that all plot points lead to the same happy place: getting a complete draft of your novel done. You aren’t shooting for perfection here; you’re just exploring the outer reaches of your imagination and building a book one day at a time. Don’t worry about getting it right this week. That will come in the revisions. This week, your goal is just to get it written.” (pg. 125)
I love this thought! I’m just having trouble following the advice…I can’t seem to quite ditch my editor and I keep circling back to previous days’ writing. As the days pass and the size of the work increases, so does the time it takes to review and tweak. I need to follow this advice…now!
Standard: 16,670 (1667 X 10 days = 33%)
Baty, C. (2004). No Plot? No Problem!. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.