In the continuing “new” tradition of Vonnegut-isms, I pose to you this question:
When it comes to writing, are you a “swooper” or a “basher?”
Let me quote for you Kurt Vonnegut’s definitions of each (as copied from page 137 of Timequake):
Tellers of stories with ink on paper, not that they matter anymore, have been either swoopers or bashers. Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re done.
Vonnegut considered himself a basher. I’m a swooper. Yup. I pound out a story as fast as my fingers can type—lest my idea mill forgets where it’s going, which is entirely possible!—and then I review, revise, rework, and edit for months! By that time, a new idea strikes and I repeat the process yet again. When another cycle is done, I go back to the previous manuscript and revise and edit some more. Draft after draft clutters my hard drive (well, not anymore since “the crash” of last week, but it was cluttered while it still lived) and still I tinker and tweak.
So, what category do you fall under–“swooper” or “basher?” What are the pros and cons of each?
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