There’s an old saying that goes something like “take care of the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.”
I think the same could be applied to creative writing, particularly novel writing. In my last post, I described why I’ve chosen to revise my novel writing on a weeky basis rather than concentrate on getting the draft completed. Obviously, my writing method won’t necessarily work for everyone, but here’s one reason why I think it has merit. It allows you to correct more noticeable problems as you go. (I struggle with dialogue and plot, in particular.)
Approaching a piece of writing from a critical and analytical angle enables a writer to tackle the problems relatively early on. Also, it helps with the overall word count. By paying close attention to problematic or abrupt passages, you can actually increase the word count considerably – a bit like those pennies taking care of the pounds. Obviously, if a writer is able to hurry events and dialogue along, my approach won’t help at all, but do consider it if you’re having problems.