Write Tip: Creative Mind vs. Critical Mind

For the first draft (at least), turn your Creative Mind ON and your Critical Mind OFF.  Keep the words/story flowing.

Your Creative Mind is concerned with the story, the characters, the settings, and the imaginative expression of each of these elements.  While words eventually need to be honed and shaped into a professional-quality suitable for sharing with readers, for the first draft, if not several subsequent drafts as well, constant critiquing of the exact language and word choice can stifle the flow and development of the story.

In the early drafting stages, resist the temptation to go back and tweak word choice and the specific way that ideas are expressed in words.  This temptation can easily become an obsessive trap as with the character Joseph Grand in Albert Camus’ The Plague, who endlessly rewrites the opening sentence to his book, never getting beyond a perfectionistic obsession with getting the words ‘right’.

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About JMVarnerBooks

With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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