I’ve entered a slightly obsessive state …. writing, rewriting, writing, rewriting, writing, rewriting … I’m stuck in a loop.
I don’t like loops.
Anyway, long story short, I haven’t read comments.
My Duolingo project, on the other hand (thank you, Doug), is proceeding apace, although I’ve recently discovered it’s possible to get locked out of the app due to lack of “health.”
Which I don’t understand, health.
Back to the writing-rewriting business, it’s funny how college composition textbooks never mention that aspect of writing. According to every text I’ve consulted, the writing process has 6 stages:
- Copy editing
Where is Stuck-in-a-loop?
Here’s my two cents.
I don’t think real writers ever free-write.1 Ever, ever, ever, ever.
I certainly don’t. I haven’t free-written a word in my life.
Real writers obsessively write and rewrite the same passage for hours on end. Hours, days, months.
Sometimes years. One of Ed’s colleagues at UCLA took 20 years to write his book. Ed’s closest friend here at NYU may have taken longer than that.
They were both really good books, too.
1. Apologies to any real writers who do free write. Also, honesty compels me to add that I’m pretty sure “every text I’ve ever consulted” is probably an exaggeration. ↩