"As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall."—Virginia Woolf in A Writer's Diary
There are many writing styles out there: Some, like Anthony, have a couple novels hanging out in the waiting room of his mind while he's working like a fevered Ob/Gyn doctor, delivering the current one.
When I think of John D. MacDonald (author of Travis McGee mysteries), who once said that you need to write a million words before you know what you're doing, I think that this method is undoubtedly the best. Give yourself a little shake, metaphorically, and spew writing like the fun, bubbly stuff.
My writing challenge: when I write this way, the revision is a bugger. It takes
months years and it's not just plot checking. It's an entire overhaul, from stem to stern.
Woolf's quote speaks to me because this is the way I've decided to write my current WIP. I know this is not "the Way". I know one should write every day (Nulla dies sine linea, my motto). I know one should hack through the walls and build bridges across raging rivers. But honestly? I took a year of planning before I ever sat down to write this book.
The good news: the WIP feels "impending, grown heavy" and nestles uncomfortably against me. Every word written is one released, set free, and -- although I may be deluding myself -- every word feels "right."
My writing challenge: I hate knowing what comes next. However, my last hurdle was cleared with several inches to spare, and I'm harvesting the benefits. Unfortunately, I'll hit my million words when I'm about 80.
What is your writing style? Pros & cons?