@joshspilker The best? Don’t edit first drafts. Just write until you’re done. The worst? Keep it in your pants. Very distracting that.
— Ben Tanzer (@BenTanzer) January 28, 2014
I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. I LOVE PAPER PANTS.
No really, okay now. I was on board with Ben until I heard this podcast with Michael Seidlinger and Brad Listi. Seidlinger basically said to edit every 2 or 3 pages and then forget about, so you’ve got “refined energy” basically. But then when I’m writing I don’t like to look back, I like to struggle forward, never thinking about where I’ve been only where I’m going (hyperbole much?).
Yes, I look backwards, but you get my point. I like to rush through and do stuff and then pick up the pieces later. (I THINK I’M AGREEING). I heard William Gibson say once or read him once and he said that he starts everyday at the beginning and just reads and refines and works his way through his whole novel. That sounds awesome and I wish I had the time for that.
The problem with Ben’s method is that it gets kinda messy and you don’t know if stuff overlaps or what to do, I guess I’m agreeing with Ben because it’s the way I do things also, but I don’t know if it’s the best. Anyway, listen to that podcast episode and make up your own mind.
On pants: Generally, I’m in favor of pants I wear pants most often, more often that jorts or cutoffs or capris. I have written on my pants before I have put writing in my pants before like when I write a note and I stick in my pocket. I think I’m disagreeing.
Ben Tanzer is super nice and has several books out, he is writing all the time. His Blog Will Change Your Life and he even has his own podcast and you should click here to find more about him.