Writing Advice: Fist it in Post

This was originally called Fix it in Post, but autocorrect fucked it and I’m keeping it.

Something I learned last week. It’s okay to write a scene knowing you’ll have to rewrite it in editing. I’ve got a court room scene in Scars We Carry at the moment. I know the basics of how court works thanks to my business law class, reading a lawyer’s blog, and some googling. Also way too many episodes of Law and Order.

Honestly, that’s all you need to write the scene. It’s important to get the energy and the information for the scene down. You can always fix the details later. I know when I get to editing that scene, I’ll pull my copy of Runaway Jury off my bookshelf and ask my lawyer friend where to find courts transcripts.

Your first draft is not about getting things correct, it’s about getting them down.

Writing Advice: Just Say No To Self-Flagellation

First off, I’ve done it, accidentally. Like all IT implements, my Cat-5e of 9 Tails needed some of my blood before it would work properly. Hurt like hell and The Jackal has a low pain threshold. I might have cried a little. There was definitely a yelp. The clips at the end of ethernet cables are sharp.

If you’re going to sit down to write and you’re getting nowhere, don’t go beating yourself up. This is the least productive thing you can do. If the words just don’t flowing, get up and do something else. Or even better, start free writing. Any topic that comes to mind.

My mind usually goes to steamy hot tub scenes. A young, lean wolf — perhaps named Conor — relaxing in the hot tub at a YMCA after doing some weight lifting. The water tempature is just right and the air is a little foggy. He’s thinking about lunch, maybe a chicken wrap, maybe something a little spicy. Because lean chicken breast is really good for you. Lots of protein, not a lot of fat. Also, the The Jackal didn’t start eating lunch until 2pm and this Baja Chicken Wrap™ is really good.

Anyway, just write what comes to mind. Don’t beat yourself up. Free write for 10 minutes, or until you get bored, whatever happens first. Then try to write again.