Like Lydia (who mentioned this in her own post last week), I also hate absolutes. Always/never thinking is almost always maladaptive, and I've seen "you always ..." and "you never ..." statements flung about the therapy room like the poisoned darts they are. But also, I know they are almost never accurate statements.
Still, there's something clean and simple about always and nevers. So here are mine.
In my writing, I never:
- Restrict my inner editor. I know a lot of writers who bemoan the inner editor, but I feel differently. We're friends. I edit as I go, and I do it pretty obsessively. It doesn't slow me down, as far as I know.
- Get sentimentally attached to my words. I love some scenes, but really, if I end up deciding it doesn't serve the overall story, it's toast. I don't even flinch. In fact, I kind of enjoy mercilessly chopping my own stuff. I find deleting things rather cleansing. I know there are more words where those came from.
- Sit at a desk. I hate sitting at desks and avoid it whenever I can. I usually sit on my bed with my laptop on one of those little table/tray things (what the heck are those called?) or sit in one of my living room chairs with my feet up. I'm probably a chiropractor's nightmare.
In my writing, I always:
- Start out a writing session by reading over some already-written scenes. Sometimes I'll even read part of one of my other projects. I don't know why I do this. I guess it gets me into the groove.
- Require a minimum block of time of at least two hours to really write. I get a lot done, but I need blocks of time. I can't do thirty minutes here and there. Perhaps because I spend so much time reading to get myself in the mood for writing.
- Listen to music while I write. I listen to certain bands while writing certain projects. Most of my characters have their own songs. All my projects have their own playlists.
You can find Laura's always/never writing post here, and next week, Deb will post hers! And what about you? What are your writing absolutes?