Tip of the Day: I recently rediscovered my love of guacamole while in Mexico, and the manpanion and I stole Hacienda Sisal's recipe: avocado, lime juice, tomato, chili pepper, salt, garlic salt, cilantro. Start with small amounts of seasonings and add more to taste. Just recreated it and it's ALMOST like I'm still in the sun....
I am an overwriter. Anyone whose met me in person is probably not surprised ("You use so many words," the manpanion tells me when I update him on my work day. "Can't you just tell me what happened?").
I like being an overwriter for a number of reasons. In revisions, it is easier for me to cut than to add (adding feels like real work; cutting is just the delete button!). And I really know my characters through all the extraneous scenes and dialogs I create for them. Plus, little gems can pop up to be used in the story where I never saw them coming before my ramblings began.
But there are some reasons that I wish, just for once, I could be an underwriter. Why? My perception of underwriters is this:
1. Underwriters are typing THE END while I'm still beating chapter 5 to death
2. Underwriters have a fast-paced plot that they can't wait to get through while I'm still figuring out what's gonna happen in chapter 8 while I'm writing chapter 8
3. Underwriters are adding darlings while I'm deciding which scenes to slash
4. Underwriters don't have to scrap as much when they realize half their book isn't working
5. Underwriters are focused while I'm exploring what the carpet nubs feel like under the MC's pinky toes and how that's different than what they feel like under her pointer toes
6. Underwriters choose their words carefully while I throw 2 adverbs and 1 adjective into every beautifully crafted, quickly written long sentence
Does anyone have any tips on how to become more of an underwriter? Obviously fast-drafting doesn't work for me. If not a tip on becoming an underwriter, how about a balanced over/underwriter?
Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing