Overwrite

When you go back and look at your work and you're not sure what to do with a section or a scene (or even if you are sure), run through it again, staying loose, writing anything and everything that come into your head as you do. In other words, overwrite. You're rarely going to be able to change or correct just one thing and nothing else. Trying to be that exact, to get it just right and no more, is a good way to get blocked. So, you need to give yourself enough to work with—to let enough out so you can see what you've got for this stretch. Remember, you make a mess first, then clean it up, make a mess again, and clean it up again, until you get where you want to go.

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