I’ve gotten too used to writing in drabbles it seems. Oh sure, a few times I will be able to write a 1,000 words out in half an hour, but usually I falter when I go further than 200. Making for some very short chapters.
The advantage to a drabble is that you learn to write the point of the piece very quickly, very poignantly, and you really make the best of those 100 words. An editor’s dream. The disadvantage is that sometimes the reader is left blinking at a scene that flashed by too quickly. I’ve found myself reading several posted drabbles before even thinking of reviewing. So, I find no fault for readers who actually take the time to say a drabble is good, but short.
Flynn, has never seen the need to write in short blurbs. Indeed, until last night I had no idea that she had a goal of 4,000 words per chapter. Sometimes she flies through chapters one a week, sometimes faster. In fact, for the past week she’s been writing like a fiend (nearly a chapter a day) and blaming me for it. Somehow I don’t feel any remorse.
When we trade a piece back and forth, I find that my ideas flow faster and that I write more. Details are something that I strive for and Flynn has noticed that I am quite good at them.
I still suffer from blank-page syndrome. I have an idea of what I want to write, but I’m hesitating on the threshold thinking, ‘What do I want the first impression to be?’ Curse my magazine teacher for impressing upon us the importance of that first sentence!
While complaining about it is all good and cathartic, it does not change that I do need to get into the hang of writing longer pieces. Flynn just pats me on the head and encourages me to practice. I have been. It seems to be getting easier, but I am still in awe of her 4,000 word chapters!
So as a writer, do you suffer from extreme conciseness or textual diarrhea? Is the former something to fix or cultivate? As to the latter, what inspires your words?
(Christi’s blog gave me the idea of posing a question at the end. Credit goes to her for inspiration!)