Mini Rants,  Writing World


Can I just say that every single writer is different?

I mean yeah, we have wonderfully rat packy stuff in common with each other. But every single little thing that’s best for one writer…well, you know how the rest of this sentence goes. Let’s throw down some examples, cause I love them. ^_^

FOR EXAMPLE…not all first drafts are crap.

Some are. If you have one, it’s okay. If you don’t, it’s actually okay to admit this and stop hunting for horribly grievous problems when there aren’t any!

It’s okay use a thesaurus.

-I read somewhere once that if you don’t know the word you’re looking for, you need to stop looking, or some pretentious crap like that. Um, no. It is TOTALLY okay to use the dictionary. Sometimes our brains freeze. Sometimes we look down and realize we’ve used FREEZE three times in the same paragraph and we just want a different word! Rock that bad boy.

Not all writers need/want a beta reader/critique partner.

-Some writers have betas for life, some for only a few years, some never have one. Some only have one extra set of eyes, while others have many. Some hire a professional editor instead of OR including having a bunch of betas.

Everyone revises/drafts/plots/plans/insert whatever I’m forgetting here – differently.

-I love reading how other writers revise. Some switch scenes around, some rewrite each draft from scratch, some write out of order, some write chronologically no matter what, some people outline, some people never outline, some people take two years to finish a draft, some can finish a draft in 7 days, some people burn out after 1000 words a day, some can write 10k a day and never burn out (lucky).

It’s okay if you don’t want to write every single day.

-Even too much of a good thing is…too much. If you need a break, take it. If you don’t need a break, don’t force it on yourself. It’s okay to take the weekend’s off…or only write on the weekends.

You can do whatever you want with your free time.

-If you want to fill all your free-time with more writing, DO IT! If you want to spend your free-time getting your Ph.D, ROCK IT! If you’re a full-time writer but still want a second job on the side as a scullery maid cause you just love cleaning that much, do your thing.

Whatever is in your coffee…it is okay. We are all on different levels, and we’re all just doing what works best for us as the writers we are today.

–end rant–

Also, cause I love you guys, I found theses quotes around the internet somewhere sometime and have been hoarding them on my computer. I think they are just perfection. ^_^


  • Ifeoma Dennis

    I read that advice about not using the thesaurus somewhere too. It is just so wrong!
    I use the dictionary ALL the time.
    While my first draft is crap (and possibly, all my first drafts ever would be), you’re also right on that one. Veronica Roth’s first draft of Divergent was great.

    Love that picture about creativity! Amanda just sent it to me the other day on Pinterest! (btw, been missing you over there!)

    • krystal jane

      I know right! Like what is the dictionary there for if people aren’t allowed to use it? I have had some awful drafts, but most of the time they are pleasantly mediocre. 😀

      Yeah, I was spending too much time on Pinterest. I’ve had to ban it for a little while. Lol!

    • krystal jane

      That quote rocks my world. ^_^

      It really depends on how you write. I edit a lot when I write so it usually turns out pretty clean. About 90% of the time I have to rewrite my opening chapters. But I spent most of editing time filling in gaps and fixing consistentency issues along with a host of little annoying things.

  • Emma Adams (@ELAdams12)

    Love this post – as someone who (sometimes) writes non-crappy first drafts! I do tend to edit as I go along, so my drafts turn out more polished than they would if I just wrote without looking back. They’re still packed with plot holes and contradictions, but not enough to count as a “zero draft”.

    I don’t think I’ve met two writers who revise/edit exactly the same way – it’s different for everyone! I’ve read so many posts on revision methods that I use a kind of mash-up of the most useful bits of advice I’ve picked up over the years.

    • krystal jane

      I’m the same way! I can’t stand to move ahead without looking back. It’s far from perfect, but not nearly as bad as it could be. 🙂

      I love picking up revision tips that help me be more efficient. People do the most interesting things!

  • Michelle A (@SunflowerRei)

    Exactly–what works for one doesn’t work for all of us. And sometimes, what we think is our “process” changes with different projects!

    My first drafts are always crappy. Always.

    And love those pretty quotes! I love coming across those kinds of things online. Makes an inspirational quote even better.

    • krystal jane

      Yes, exactly! Every story needs something different so I have to adapt the process sometimes. I tend to start off rough and end rough, but the middle usually isn’t so bad.

      I like pretty quotes, too. I’m more likely to look at them. ^_^

  • Thea Landen (@TheaLanden) and are pinned on my browser’s bookmarks bar. They’re valuable resources, why WOULDN’T I want to use them when I write?

    I live inside my head too much (especially when I’m trying to fall asleep at night…), so by the time I finally write something down, it’s usually pretty workable. I don’t subscribe to the “all first drafts are crap” theory. In fact, I usually disagree with anything that involves the word “all”. 😉

    • krystal jane

      I have those sites in my bookmarks, too! It would seriously be dumb not to use something so awesome when it’s so readily available like that. And I totally have to second the the “all” thing. I heard this about couple’s therapy but it’s fitting here too, “No one ever always or nevers.” Or something like that. ^_^

  • Randi Mailloux

    Perfectly perfect post, Krystal! I submit a lot of shorts on the first draft and many of them get picked up. The first draft isn’t always crap. And I like betas sometimes, don’t care for them at others. All depends on the mood I’m in and how much I want to keep things exactly as they are. Stubborn, I know–but it IS my work at the end of the day!!

    • krystal jane

      So true! I had to accept the fact that my first drafts aren’t the worse things ever. It makes editing more fun since I don’t have to over scrutinize everything. I think betas forget sometimes that it’s our work and we have the final say. No one knows the story better than we do, after all. I only ask for feedback if I really need it because it’s the only way I’m going to either get better or get past the problem I’m having. I have a system that works really well for me, you know. Don’t mess with the system! ^_^

  • authorcrystalcollier

    LOVE it. I am totally unconventional in some of my approaches. For instance, I research/image search/word search as I go. Yes, I do. It makes for less drafting later. That system wouldn’t work for everyone. Some people get pulled out of the story if they have to pause and find details. Not so much for me.

    We are all unique, and we should embrace our uniqueness. =)

    • krystal jane

      I research this way, too! Especially since I don’t always know what information I’ll need. I can just go ahead and start drafting and run and do flash research as stuff comes up. ^_^

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