I read a lot of writing blogs and a lot of them tell you what not to do.
Too much info-dump, too much description, too much dialogue, not enough dialogue, not enough tension.
You need to outline, you need to read (or don’t read) while you are writing.
I tried to write minimally so that I wouldn’t have to cut too much later on. As well, I wanted to show the good parts of the story and not have excess information.
All of these were good goals for my edited drafts. Not for my first draft.
As I work on my NaNoWriMo I am overwriting. I am describing the hell out of things. I am using purple prose. I am letting my characters over-think their actions (which actually started to annoy me, because one character could not stop talking about her divorce). I am letting scenes go past the point of necessary and into character development. It’s not only padding my word count, but I think it’s making my book better. (I will know for sure when I get to editing early nextn year).
My characters are better developed. I learned a few things about them I wouldn’t have otherwise. I will have more to work with when I edit and cut. And hopefully I won’t have to add scenes, I find when I stick to only writing what is necessary to the storyline I skip important information. It’s hard to go back and add details. You lose the voice of the story.
I came across the idea in “Writer’s Gym” by Eliza Clark.
What are your rules you have in mind when you write a first draft? Would your writing go more smoothly if you let those rules go?