Waffle or bones?

When I push myself to write quickly, I tend to waffle. It’s as though I throw anything onto the page in the hope that out of the chaos will emerge the odd little gem that can be extracted and polished.

This means that on a subsequent much-needed editing/revision pass, I invariably lose a heap of words (the waffle) although others get inserted to add texture, setting, etc. On the whole, though, it gets shorter after editing.

Other writers I know experience the opposite. Their splurted rough draft contains the bare bones of story, requiring them to come through again and flesh it out. (In fact, I know some writers who invariably add words whenever they edit, whereas I tend to always slash and burn.)

I imagine the latter experience must be far more satisfying when in a wordcount-oriented writing challenge. In my case, I know the 1000 words I just produced will probably end up as 800 good words, after considerable extra effort. Whereas those in the other camp probably find their 1000 words grows into 1500-2000 once they’ve fleshed it out.

Anyone care to share their experience of this, either way? I’m interested.

One thought on “Waffle or bones?

  1. My word count always goes up after an edit. I do cut big chunks out, but I usually expand on everything else. I’m certainly a ‘blurt it out’ writer. I try to get my first draft done as quickly as humanly possible (and they read like that too).


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