We continue on with Guest Post May by welcoming Leigh Covington to Motivation for Creation. Leigh is known to be one of the most supportive bloggers on the web by pretty much everyone who knows her. She has a great sense of humor, which often finds its way into her blog posts. She also is an inspiration and her blog, Leigh Covington, is one that I make sure to read every post.
I am so happy to have Leigh over to guest post, because I know we’re in for a treat! Take it away, Leigh!
Hey Lara! Let me just begin by saying, “Thanks!” I’m so excited to be here today and I appreciate the opportunity to share on your blog! You’re awesome, girl!
For those of you who know me, you know that I like to keep my posts short and sweet. I will try to stick with that today!
At first I was so discouraged as to what to write about, but while I was at my latest conference, something hit me and I knew that’s what I wanted to post about. It’s simple really, but there are a few points I want you to think of.
(Bits of this are taken from Kevin J. Anderson’s talk on 11 Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity.)
Know the Difference Between Writing & Editing
Or better said… Know when to write and when to edit! Okay, we all talk about wanting to shut off our inner editor, but guess what? It really does delay the process. Anderson has written over 50 books! I think he knows what he’s talking about so I think it’s important to listen to what he has to say.
Here are a few points that he made.
1. You’re using different parts of your brain!
Yeah, we use one part to write and another to edit. Why complicate thing by switching back and forth?
2. Use your writing momentum!
This totally makes sense, right? Don’t slow down when you’re on a roll. Don’t move back while you’re moving forward! Kevin J. Anderson
While he was talking about this… something from the movie, Finding Forrester came to mind. It’s short and awesome to watch, so take a second to check it out. I promise you won’t regret it!
This is one of my favorite parts of the whole movie! But listen…
“You write the first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head.”
Doesn’t that make sense to you? It does to me. I don’t think we should slow the momentum of our writing because that is what’s coming from our heart. Let your brain work out the details later.
I think you’ll find you like your stories better and you’re getting more accomplished!
Thanks again Lara! And thanks everyone for checking this out.
What is your opinion on this? Agree or disagree?