Measure Twice, Cut Once | Microblog
Yesterday I started to read up on police interviews and interrogations to prepare myself for the task of actually writing one. I wrote about half a page of excuses. Today I had planned on getting it done, but all I have written is a page of preparation for the interview/interrogation.
Yet here I am, able to write a blog post where i tell you guys that i’m having trouble writing.
I think my issue isn’t writing the chapter, i can do that, my trouble is getting it right. It’s a key chapter where some threads are brought together and pulled on, body language and a characters biopsychosocial state of mind needs to hit ques, and i’m not sure whether I can do it justice.
Yes, yes, edits come later and I can fix it then, but i don’t think that way, i need to get it as “right” as possible now, so in the edits/rewrites, i won’t have to do very much.
I did carpentry for two and a half years in college, and the first basic rule is measure twice, cut once. Why can’t i apply that logic to writing. Get the first draft as “right” as possible, even if it takes longer to write, so all I have to do later is, clean it up, smooth out the rough edges, and gloss it up a bit.