So all week I’ve been talking about how you should just write and not worry too much about the particular content. But what does that really mean?
Someone once explained this to me as “turning off your inner voice”.
Instead of typing a sentence and then stopping and rereading it and deleting it and rewriting it and repeating this until it’s “perfect”, turn off your inner voice. Remove as much partiality as possible and just type. It isn’t easy, I’ll admit; I can stare at one sentence forever.
A good way to keep yourself from editing and changing as you go is to literally not reread anything you write. Just keep typing. A tip I’ve actually heard before (this only applies if you write on an actual computer, not a laptop, and know how to touch type) is to just turn off your screen. Another strategy is to copy and paste the last sentence you type every day into a new document. That way it’s impossible to go back and retype.
You don’t need to revise yet.
It’s not going to be perfect. It’s a rough draft. You can tweak and change and rewrite as much as you want…as soon as you complete the first draft.
I also touch on this in my Cures For Writers’ Block article (go check it out; it has a lot more tips on effective writing). Remember that it’s okay for the writing to be bad. It’s okay if it sounds stupid. It’s okay if there’s a typo or a misused homophone.
Just keep chugging along and change whatever you want to later!
Hope this helps!
Thanks for reading!
Julia E. Flowers