Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quote of the day

"Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head." --From the movie Finding Forrester
Are you able to do this? Or are you one of those people who revise as you write, hating to move on to the next chapter until you feel the one you're working on is perfect? What works for you and why?


  1. I did revise as I went through my first draft. Since then, I've gone through LOTS of revisions. I spend a lot of time on each chapter as I revise. Since I never wrote a book before, the revising is teaching myself how to write. Hopefully I've learned enough so that my second book won't need so many revisions.

  2. Yeah, Nat. I revise as I go. I just can't help it. I'm not one of these people who can just write and not pay any attention to spelling mistakes etc. along the way. Usually, I reread what I wrote the day before before moving forward. But I think this quote is true. I always write with my heart and when I revise, it's more mechanical in nature. Not sure if this makes sense or not. But thanks for joining in the conversation today.

  3. Fantastic quote!

    I edit each chapter before moving on, but it's a matter of smoothing over sentences, adjusting dialogue, clearing up ambiguity, etc.

    Major revisions (overhauling plot, character, pacing) don't take place until the whole thing is complete.

  4. I write the first draft with my eyes closed, so to speak. I feel I can't go back or I'll never move forward. I finish what ends up being a very long outline and then I go back and rewrite with my eyes open.