The NaNoWriMo writing project is going very nicely: after 18 days, I've written 46,102 words, so getting to the basic target of a complete novel of at least 50,000 words seems very achievable. But that doesn't mean I don't get occasional pangs about the approach I've taken.
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Great writing requires lots of tweaking and occasional flashes of genius, but even if you schedule two hours a day, you don't get much chance to do either. I'm pleased with the fact that I'm going to reach the target, but I'm increasingly worried that I should be spending more time fixing what I've already got. I got a guilt spasm triggered by this quote from a recent interview with ABBA songwriting mastermind Bjorn Ulvaeus, for instance:
At least 95% that came out was rubbish! It is the most important part of the creative process, to clear out that which wasn’t agreeable. Other groups maybe worked to a 50% margin. Not us. We – and Benny was almost worse than me – were determined to never lower the bar. We were after that huge high, the feeling of extreme happiness that we have something really damn good. So we would mercilessly cast aside the crap!
I'd love that feeling of "extreme happiness", but right now it seems my best way to get it will be to get the main text finished up, so I can luxuriate again in making that text better.
Bjorn discusses the creative process [icethesite]