Welcome to Part Three of the Spring Training for Your Writing Series!
Now, in parts one and two, I told you how important it was to get your ideas on the page, and then having those ideas organized to use before you start writing. In baseball, pitchers and catchers report first, then the entire team reports to get to know new teammates and catch up with current ones. Now, the fun but toughest part beings: they practice with one another.
They come together as a team, work with the plays coaches give to them, and practice to make sure they get it right. This is the most important step because if the team doesn’t practice enough, they won’t know what works and what needs to be revised, but most importantly they won’t work together and will lose games.
Now, how do we apply this to writing?
Your “practice” is to start writing. Take your plot, characters, and ideas, and write. Do not, and I repeat, do not stop to edit yourself. We were all taught in school about correcting our mistakes as we go, but throw that out the window.
It is going to be a habit you will have to break. If you stop to edit every comma you missed or misplaced letter, you’ll never get the words on the page. Just go through it. See if the word processing system lets you disable the feature where a red line comes up whenever you misspelled a word (like this is dong in WordPress, and it drives me nuts).
If you can’t, ignore it. It’s not your friend.
Keep writing until you’ve either finished or your fingers cramp up. If they cramp up, stop and stretch, and then write again until you’re done. Empty the well of thoughts in your brain.
This is the practice for your writing: to not stop writing until you’ve gotten everything you needed to get out of your brain and onto the page. If you stop, the next thing that happens is you want to run errands, cook dinner, make a few phone calls, then it’s bedtime, and you promise yourself you’ll get to writing first thing in the morning to get all of your thoughts out, but it won’t happen that way.
When you stop, the pen stops and the mind stops.
That’s part three! It takes practice when you’re starting something, but like baseball players, they practice to get it right and win. And your goal to win is to finish.
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