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When to Say "I Don't Care"

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jul 14, 2014 6:04:03 AM

I'm in the early stages of writing a new book. To date, I have written about 12,000 words of a planned total of 100,000 words. I'm going to give you a brutal assessment of the work I've done so far: It's horrible. The main character is flat, the villain is over the top, and the setting isn't really that well developed.



But here's the thing: I don't care. My goal at this stage is to get to the 100,000 words mark with as few distractions a possible. The biggest distraction I encounter when writing a novel is that little voice in my head that constantly asks, "What on earth are you doing?" And for kicks, it chimes in with a "If anyone ever sees this, your career is over."



Every time my inner voice speaks up, I reply with "I don't care." I say it so many times within the confines of my bald head that it's become my writing mantra. "I don't care. I don't care. I don't care." The truth is no one will ever see this version of my book. I won't be judged by anyone outside of my own internal imaginary critic. My inner voice will try to destroy my ability to sally forth. When I get to the rewriting stage, I'll sing a different tune, but now is not the time to even think about how I'm going to fix this mess. Now is the time to make this mess.



I invite you to borrow my mantra. Use it every time your own inner critic attempts to halt the progress of your first draft. Shout it loudly if you must and shout it proudly. I don't care!




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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Jul 14, 2014 8:38 AM Ninian    says:

I'll try, but I don't promise anything. 

Jul 14, 2014 2:54 PM Bengal    says in response to Ninian:

My Mantra -"No Research! I get hung-up on researching everything to the enth degree. It can happen with a simple click over to find out the exact definition of a word. The next thing you know I'm looking at meanings in the urban dictionary and that can send me down the path of researching something mentioned in the content up on the screen. Result - I'm off task.



Jul 16, 2014 2:09 AM Mooncat    says:

I have just started my second book and like you I am just writing alot of stuff down and saying, this is rubbish , no order, just spilling out on paper what comes in and the moving and shaking process will follow.. Its a building process isn't it and you just want to get to the meat on the bone but have to get through the inital foundation stuff.

It is like building a house, you start with the ****, the oh my god look at the state of that, you then g through self doubt and what have I done? Then oh look at that, that looks quite nice, does it? NO. Yes. God help me its a disaster and then wow those curatins are looking well Cool.!!!!!