First drafts… they are just marvelous aren’t they…. I mean new ideas on a fresh page. Yeah, I’m being a bit facetious. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing and I like getting my ideas down on paper, but truth be told first drafts kind of suck. Not suck as in the quality of the work, suck as in it’s tedious at times.
I love a new project and the first draft for the first quarter of it. But then the plot gets all sticky and I have some sort of mess that I have to figure out what the hell is going on and how I’m going to portray what I want the reader to experience. Gah, what a headache! 😉
My problem with first drafts is I want it done right the first time. I’m definitely not of the camp of get something down and go back and revise it later. I am a write it to the best of my ability now and then make it even better, kind of gal.
Right, now Reverie is in the tedious stage. I have been writing this book relatively in chronological order, which is probably why it’s giving me fits. I typically jump around and piece mail it all back together later. For some odd reason, I haven’t been following my typical method with this book. I will probably have to correct that issue once I get back into writing.
My favorite part about writing is going back through my first draft and fixing and adjusting plot lines, which I do as I write. I don’t see the need to finish a draft before I start adjusting the plot line. I figure if the book is not done yet, it’s better to make the changes now as I don’t have to amend the entire book. So for me my favorite drafts are second, third, and fourth drafts, but not fifth drafts… that’s just crazy!
Even though first drafts aren’t my favorite and they are tedious at times I still love drafting, yes even those horrid first drafts!
*I changed the post title due to Twitter’s silly shortcuts that does not allow a post to contain the letter D by itself. Apparently, a brilliant individual decided shortcuts were a good idea with D being the short cut for a direct message to a user.*
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