Getting started with writing can be a challenge. Facing an empty page is daunting and sometimes downright frightening. But once you have a few lines on paper, the easiest way to start the next day’s writing session is by revising what you last wrote.
Revising helps you to fix inconsistencies
When you revise your own writing you get to relive the tone of the writing. If the tone is exactly what you had intended for the manuscript then your imagination kicks in and takes over with your previous train of thought. Writing becomes easier.
If the tone is way off from what you wanted, the dissonance resonates. So rewrite the previous day’s work in the correct tone. This rewrite helps you to build momentum which leads to more writing. Authors such as Patricia C. Wrede and Joan Didion revise their last set of writing. They fix inconsistencies before continuing.
Revise rapidly to build momentum and getting started with writing
Revising should be rapid. A quickness and light touch in revising previous sentences help in building momentum.
So, set a timer for 15 minutes, set your fears and anxieties aside temporarily and get going with revising a piece of text.
Revising helps you to generate more ideas
Rapid revision gets you thinking about where to go next. You get to chart the shortest route to the next step. In addition, revising quickly leads to new ideas and fast plans. After a quick revision, I often write down what I want to write about next and the research I need to have on hand. Because I’m all psyched, I want to move fast. A quick and dirty short revision helps me to write the next few sentences.
A few tips help with getting started with writing. But, don’t just read this tip. Try it out. Get your last piece of writing and read the last three paragraphs. Revise them and then write. If this works for you, then integrate revising and writing into your daily writing process.
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