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Noise in my Head

I have noise in my head. I think it is fair to say that my head is full of wonderfully creative, imaginative, and mischievous noise, but it is still noise. Writing, for me, is pulling coherence out of that noise. Creative writing is a premeditated act of will.

I wish that I could be a one draft writer. That would make my writing go so much faster. With short works, I can get there, but not with books. Even though I pull stories out of that noise kicking and screaming, because I'm not as good at stories as I am about making stuff up, enough noise still accumulates that my novels teeter between incoherence and banality on those first drafts. The text flow often jumps, and sometimes jumps badly, so much so that any reader, including myself, is challenged to figure out what in the world that I actually meant.

Drafts are all about hunting down and eliminating incoherence. I am literally making the text read smoothly as opposed to losing the reader at the next left turn that doesn't actually exist.

As I am an emergent writer, I also discover where I missed beats as I write. Sometimes these are simple things, like making sure that character do all their required actions, to major things, like realizing that I dropped a murder plot line. Noises exists in the plot just as surely as noise exists in the text.

After enough iterations, depending on which writing style and voice I've adopted, I'll have a novel. In my opinion, they are very nice. I am often surprised when I go back and reread what I've written. All that work pays off in satisfaction. 


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May. 21st, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
Honey, there is no such thing as a one-draft writer. It's in the revisions we find which bones are solid, and which have little fractures in them. It's in revisions we add all the flesh and beauty marks and haircolor of our stories. Learn to love revisions, and you'll be a better, happier writer. So speaketh the Bogwitch. ;)
May. 21st, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

As an emergent writer (I look at what I created and see what rises to the surface), I utterly depend on revisions. I usually don't know what the plot is until 3-4 revisions in when something really obvious smacks me in the face. The only exception to that is when I switch to 1920's jazzy style prose, a la F. Scott Fitzgeral, first person, in which case I just ramble out beautiful words like a firehose and hope that I find a plot.

Funny, I hadn't thought of the noise as beautiful that way before. Thank you again.
May. 21st, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. :)

I write three drafts at the very least before I hand it off to eyes not as tired as mine of seeing it.
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