You’re creating a whole new world, so it’s never going to be straight-forward.
I think the tyranny of detail is something which weighs heavy. Is this or that bit right? But it’s best to press on.
I remember reading Nabokov saying that if you introduce into your story a character with a limp, or a small dog, then you must take care to produce said dog or limp every time the character reappears otherwise people will think you have forgotten about it. That’s the sort of trivial thing which preys on my mind during first drafts.
You can go back and put dogs in later of course, and sort out much more besides, even quite large, structural, elements can be taken apart and reassembled. So it should be a time of significant freedom, but I’ve never really found it to be so.
I’ve said in the past I’m not one for crashing through first drafts in the least time possible as though it was some kind of athletics competition to get it done quickest. First drafts do matter in my view, however much you change later you are laying your foundations and a house with poor foundations won’t last.
That’s why you can keep your Nanowrimos – not for me thank you. Every month is writing month as far as I’m concerned and, though I progress at the speed of a tortoise, I do get there in the end.
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