This same focus doesn’t apply with writing a story. In the drafting process, the goal is to simply finish, regardless of how well the completed project is. During this step you don't stop to correct a typo or clean a plot issue that you might have missed. You just keep going until you have the entire story on paper.
You would think that writing without correcting known errors is easy but I constantly have to remind myself to not fix a blaring error that I typed just five seconds ago and to continue documenting the story. You can, however, type a note or reminder to yourself or even restate the same concept in writing it a different way.
Let’s say you are writing some dialog between a teacher and a student. You jot down a quote from the child yet you know the language is at a level above what that youth would say. Rather than stop, go back to that line, contemplate a better worded phrase, and edit the same you would just type something similar to “rework kid’s comment” or “lower reading level of text”. Type the words that will remind you to make a change during the editing phase.
Can’t think of that perfect word?
Every writer, while drafting their story, has that moment when the word they are looking for to complete a sentence eludes you. Rather than stop your train of thought, spend time in a thesaurus, or call a friend for their input, just write a key phrase or word of your design. One of the editors at Loconeal Publishing uses the word “pumpkin” when he can’t think of the proper phrasing. This is his code used as a reminder to revisit this area. You can use any phrasing you prefer, just make it unique.
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to drafting your work? If so, share them below!
Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media and at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com.⛳