Monday, February 1, 2010

First Drafts

Happy Monday!

First, I wanted to tell everyone about a contest over at Anissa Off the Record. She will be posting everyday --in the month of February.  Check out the all details and prizes and tell her I sent you over.

Second, This will be short due to other demands that are flagging my attention.  First drafts --love them or hate them-- they are the beginning.  I am just about finished my first draft--I know I can't stop talking about it--and there is still a long road ahead.

Here is a little background of my journey so far:

My idea hit me hard in April 2009.
 
The song "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups began to play and I saw pieces play like a movie in my head of my MC's (this is how the majority of my ideas come about) running, kissing, driving.  It played more like a trailer to a movie --different scenes flashing as the music hit its dramatic highs and lows.

At the time, I had no laptop and didn't use my desktop too often due to convenience-- so I hand wrote most of it. 

When I finally got a laptop in September, my baby was born.    There you have it a quick little blurb on me.

 So here are my questions:

Typically, How long does it take you to whip out a first draft?

Do you remember where/when the first sparkle of an idea hit you to start your current WIP? If you want to give details feel free.

Have a great day!

10 comments:

  1. I don't think whip is the appropriate word. I have had a first draft done in a month before, but I have another project that's been going on for several months and I'm nowhere near completing the first draft.

    I am not sure about the answer to question two...I think I was at work and though, "What if...what if? What if!" And then I went home and wrote three thousand words, but now I am attempting to build u the idea...

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  2. Here's a related post from today:
    http://jess-jordan.blogspot.com/2010/02/have-you-ever-gotten-bug.html

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  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Christine! :)

    I adore first drafts. I love everything about seeing that story flow out of me and onto the screen/page. I'm not quite sure how long mine have taken. Like you, children have come into play and then things stall for a bit. But I press on.

    Finishing that first draft is reason to celebrate! Yes, there will be more work. Lots more. But still! You did it. Feel good. :)

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  4. I always write the very first draft out longhand and don't count it until it's plugged into my laptop. I hate that part, it's awful and I despise the whole process. But once I have my complete first computer draft and see what I've got, (that's where I am now hooray!) then I get excited and can't wait to work on it.

    Were those the questions you asked? I don't think so. My ideas? I have no clue. I reject more ideas than I accept, so I guess I should open a publishing company lol.

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  5. Oh my word, you had to wait so long to actually write your story! That would have made me crazy. I was actually washing dishes when my first YA ms came to me, and I spent three hours in my office discussing the idea with my husband. And then I wrote from that point until 4 AM, then got up at 7 AM to do it all over again. I kept going like that until the first draft was finished!! I cannot imagine having to wait months. But how exciting it is, indeed, to get that story flowing and written!! I can't wait to see the end product. *Rushes off to go check out Silversun Pickups*

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  6. It takes me FOR-EV-ER! Because I love to edit so much. But, editing aside, I did write one MS in a month before. It really sucked, but I got that first draft out fast. ; )

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  7. Congrats to you on the first draft. Up to now I have written short stories. But since I started blogging back in July of 09 and visiting all the writer blogs, I am inspired to step out and start a novel. I have one outline and I have a couple of chapters. But those short stories keep calling me too. They are very selfish like that.

    Good luck on your novel.

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  8. Hi Christine! Thanks for visiting my blog! So glad to find yours, too. I am just diving in to this crazy community of new writers and loving it.

    Unlike most of you, I don't have any completed first drafts yet (UGH I hate to admit it!). I have some novels fully plotted out but not yet written in full.

    My current obsession (I mean novel) that I am just starting was first planted after reading an article in Time Magazine a few years ago. It has hovered in my mind since then, and then, like you, I saw it like a movie in my mind in the shower one day. I get all my best ideas in the shower - as a mom and elementary teacher, I think it's the only time I am not with children! :)

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  9. Jonathon-I know "Whip" is probably not the best word. Thanks for the link.

    Anissa-no problem --I can't wait to see what topic you come up with next. I know-- my kids have been a challenge with my schedule to sit down and write.

    Karen G-It is good to know that writing it out longhand is still done. All my previous stories have been written longhand and actually never entered into a computer. Maybe one day!

    Carolina-God bless you for not needing sleep. You are incredible. I wish my hubby would be alittle more understanding when I want to be alone and write. Some of my ideas keep swirling in my head for days because I don't get a moment to sit and type. arrgh! BTW --awesome fight scene! Everyone should check it out! Carol's Prints.

    Kimberly-Thanks for stopping by. I actaully can't wait to edit. I have so much I already want to change.

    Journaling Woman-Good luck on your novel. I have a hard time writing short stories--so you have a great talent. Good luck!

    Hey there Dangerous with a Pen- I know what you mean about limited time alone. It can be frustrating and make the process seem alot longer. I am learning this as I go but I just keep pressing on. I actually can't wait to start editing. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will visit yours soon.

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  10. Christine, you are sooo kind. Thank you. But the way I handled that manuscript was more along the lines of insanity, and I probably wouldn't recommend it. I think I was just so excited to be writing again after a serious dry spell that I felt compelled (and I'm insanely impatient). I was a little less ridiculous with the writing of my second manuscript. Now, I try to maintain a little more balance in my life. A family can only handle so much imbalance (and only so much of the "What in the world has happened to Mom?" panic). So if it feels like it's taking you a while, rest assured it has nothing to do with your drive or your commitment, and probably everything to do with your desire to protect the balance of your lives. That's a good thing. As long as you keep writing, the story will eventually get written. I think you're doing a remarkable job.

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