I’ve reached a point in my writing where I need to change some of my process. I’m writing just my first draft, but my scenes have a lot of detail. I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I really didn’t notice it until someone pointed it out (Thanks, Diane!). Yes, the scenes have been taking forever to write, but I thought it was more of a lack of good ideas. Of course, now I realize most of those ideas I was searching for were more the decoration than the house frame. First draft should be more about getting the plot down.
Part of this, I’m sure, is because I tend to be very visual – I can “see” the scene in varying degrees of detail as I handwrite a scene. Then, I add more stuff on the fly as I’m typing it into the computer. Thus, I end up with an abundance of information not necessarily needed to keep the story moving.
Solution? I need to focus on the underlying structure of the story and leave the embellishments for later. Easier said than done, I think. Maybe I’m afraid of losing details if I don’t write them all down now. I suppose I could just jot down a few notes on a hardcopy of the scene or keep a notebook, then I can decide during revision if they are important enough to add.
Do you have this problem in your writing? How have you solved it?