Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Yes, it's that time again. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for organizing this wonderful event every month. Every writer needs support and this monthly gathering is wonderful.


So this month, I'm finishing a first draft. As you know, first drafts aren't my favorite. I do get a little rush of how fast it goes, but then a little bit of oh-my-god-this-is-going-to-stink sets in. The beautiful thing about this is that you have revisions. It is overwhelming. I will admit to eating some, okay, lots of chocolate over the thought of how much work needs to be done, but the thing I must remember is that I can go back and change things. Right now, this little nugget is just getting started. It needs to grow and learn. It needs to be molded into something wonderful. And that, my friends, can take time.

There will be times of argh and ahhh, and there will be times of awesomeness and big smiles. It takes time. It takes hard work, patience, determination, and focus. Once you can mush this things together, you can take on the big bad of revisions. Hey, you never know until you try.

Thanks again to Alex. Please do and check out the other folks who participate.

What are your thoughts on first drafts?

Have a great day!!

19 comments:

  1. Best of luck completing this little nugget. Love that!! I know you can do it.

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  2. Hi Christine. I love first drafts because I remind myself that anything goes. This is the time to try stuff out. Write one POV in this chapter and another POV in the next. I have even changed up a setting description and changed season mid story, too. You can do it all in the first draft. Now, I still haven't finished an edit, but I am working on it and it doesn't seem to matter to much. It kind of makes editing fun making all the hard decisions in edits, but not in the first draft. That is where the creativity flies.

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  3. Yay for almost finishing the first draft! I know it can involve so many conflicting emotions, but thank goodness for chocolate. :)

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  4. I love first drafts because they are allowed to suck. Everything else is work. =)

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  5. We're just the opposite. I hate first drafts; they drain me and make me want to give up. It's not until I've dug into a ms and revised it that I start to enjoy the writing. I guess it's because I'm not sure with a first draft that I have something that will work.

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  6. I have come to love both, strangely. First drafts because they're new and shiny and revisions because by that time the shiny new toy isn't quite as shiny as I first thought but with a little - or maybe a lot! - of polishing it will shine again - forever :)

    Good luck!

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  7. I think first drafts are great. I can write without worrying how childish the words sound. It's the editing part that wears me down and convinces me I'll never be a real writer.

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  8. I've been working on a first draft (book#6) for over a year. I had to stop to do some marketing, but really ... a year! So, in honour of NaNo I've pledged to finish this ms by the 30th. I guess we just have to suck up our fears sometimes, Christine and just do it! Thanks to Alex, at least we're not in this alone.

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  9. First drafts were meant to be rough.

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  10. Congratulations on getting the first draft done. Now, for the fun part, editing it ;p

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  11. The first draft is my least favorite part. I like revisions because then I can really see what I am doing.
    Congratulations on finishing!

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  12. I have a love/hate relationships with first drafts. I'm just finishing one myself and I'm very happy with how the story progressed. I have lots of notes of the things I need to change and I can't wait to go back and revise.

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  13. I'm doing my first draft, and I know exactly what you're talking about!

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  14. I love first drafts but they take a long time to second and thirds.

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  15. I'm not a big fan of first drafts, but oddly I'm itching to get started on my next one. I guess that's because once it's written, I can edit it. :D

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  16. Revisions can be crazy but so completely worth it.

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  17. Congratulations on finishing your draft!

    I love writing first drafts. I know they're crap, and my inner editor starts shouting at me midway, but I love being able to write and not worry as much in the process about having to make things perfect.

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  18. I don't know why we never met before, given you share my affinity (i.e., desperate need) for chocolate. Nice to meet you and join your following, Christine. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

    Be well.

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