This particular advice I have read from almost all the legendary writers I admire. And that is – when you sit down to write, sit devoid of rules and regulations, sit without grammar and punctuations, without erasers and cutters. Just pour your heart out. Let it all come out tumbling down on paper, freeing your mind of the load.
But once done emptying yourself, now is the time to bring out the knives and cutters and tongs and erasers, and reduce that heap to a half. Because now is the time to analyse what is really needed and what is merely tagging along. It is important, however, to ascertain that the essence of your writing is not lost.
Tolstoy said the same thing,
When rereading and revising, do not think about what should be added (no matter how admirable the thoughts that come to mind) … but about how much can be taken away without distorting the overall meaning.
What are your thoughts about this pattern of writing? Is there any other way you’d rather have it? Tell me all.
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Happy writing till we meet next.
Until then, carpe diem! 🙂
© Asha Seth