Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Me? A Multi-Tasking Writer? (December Theme from Jody Feldman)
To keep the charade going, I found myself carving out time every day to both draft and revise. That’s who I was, right? My group had labeled me with a sticker of awe, so I wore it with a sense of pride.
I’d love to tell you about a certain epiphany-laden moment when I realized that it takes one mindset to splash new material all over the page, another to comb through scenes for big-picture issues, and a third to target minute imperfections, but it turns out I had to learn the long way. One day or another, during a period when I was completely absorbed in a shiny first draft, I chucked aside the revision to string together several 5,000-word+ days in a row. I may have decided my writing had improved or I was breathing easier without the scattershot method or I was tired of the multi-tasking catchphrase. I’m not sure. I’m only sure, however, there was no aha! moment.
The aha! moment came the next time a critique mate was extolling my ability to juggle all these stories at the same time. That’s when I stopped her. “I used to think I could do that,” I said, “but it turns out I was just faking it.”
As for my sense of pride at having to admit I was only mortal? Funny thing, I felt even more proud that I had reclaimed my true process from the clutches of vanity.