Revision: Even Good Writers Write Badly.
Thank God I'm not a brain surgeon. Do you have any idea how many times daily I have to call a do-over? My patients would not be happy (or alive, for that matter). But that is, as Cormier puts it, the beautiful thing about writing. You don't have to get it right the first time. Or the second. Or the third... You get my point.
After finishing chapter 20 in my current novel, Ourselves and Others, my momentum went dead. The fire flickered and blew out, spluttered into sparks as I tried to get it going again, then stubbornly stayed extinguished. My interest has been at level zero. I started brainstorming a new novel out of sheer boredom, and honestly I've been afraid I would move on from OaO and never come back.
But finally, I recognized the problem: I didn't get it right the first time. The Chapter 20 I wrote is not the Chapter 20 the story needs. I've been fighting against the current of the plot when I should've been letting it pull me along. Now that my mind is oriented in the direction the story needs to go, I'm excited again. I want to work and get this tale told. The chapter 20 I wrote might end up as chapter 26 or 27, or it might not make it back at all. Either way, I'm calling a do-over.
Don't be afraid to go back a chapter, to cut and rewrite, or to eliminate altogether. Revise, revise, revise. You may be a good writer, but just because a good writer wrote something doesn't mean it's good. We all write junk sometimes—even the very best of us. So write a second draft, or a third, or a tenth. Do whatever you need to do to make your writing the best it can be. It's not brain surgery, after all. ;)
Today's Prompt: Write a short story from the perspective of the patient of an obviously clumsy neurosurgeon.