Wednesday, June 23, 2010

First Draft-itis

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First draft-itis. I have it. Can't shake it. 

 This is ONLY known to writers. It starts when you KNOW that you KNOW the next book you will  be working on. In other words, you have your idea, you've mapped out the way you THINK the story should go, you may have done a character chart, (I didn't have to on this one) and you are ready to type those AWESOME first words, CHAPTER 1. Well, some writers don't put their book into actual chapters until it's finished, but you know what I mean. ^_^

This is MY moment! I get to have that time in my writing life when I try to ruin the lives of my main characters in every way possible, only to play hero to my wonderful characters at the RIGHT moment and pull them to safety. I am their hero, yanno. They end of lovin' me. Uhhuh.

So...as I type those awesome, tremendous first words, I leave you with this: GET MESSY WITH YOUR FIRST DRAFT! HAVE FUN! I know I will! =)

"You can't wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club."  Jack London

32 comments:

  1. I love that quote, it's my wallpaper on my monitor. :)

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  2. So, you're back and stealing ideas from my amazing blog again! I see how you are! Ha!

    Great post and I couldn't agree with you more . . . on this one thing only! : )

    S

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  3. Me too, Kristi! I have to do it everyday. Beat it with a club. =)

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  4. Hi, Robyn. Welcome back to blogosphere!! Great advice. I'm starting a new WIP too and ready to MESSY.

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  5. Ha ha ha! You are adorable.

    I have an award for you today, bff! :-)

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  6. Get messy, ha! I have this mental picture of you with finger paint up to your elbows. Have fun!

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  7. You're back! I missed you, both here and at my place!

    Love that analogy to get messy. Yep, that's the way I do it. I do read back the day b/f just to reclaim a sense of where I am in the story.

    But then it's plunge ahead!

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  8. Get messy, I like that, it takes the pressure off and shouts "fun, fun, fun, til' her Daddy takes the T-Bird Away."

    Great idea! Good job!

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  9. Great to have you back Robyn. Enjoy this exciting time with your story! :)
    Judy

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  10. Have fun Robyn. After all the health setbacks you deserve a little bit of fun in your life.
    First Draft-itis, new illness isnt it?!

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  11. Heyya Linda! Thanks for the nice welcome back. Howz that sweety of ours doing? Let's get messy! =)

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  12. Shannon, I went by and collected that shiny, purty award, too. *hugs* bff. =)

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  13. Pat, yup, it's all over me. And I'm having fun. I love new, fresh, shiny stories. =)

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  14. Hey Patti! Yeah, I always have to reread to get back into the swing of things, then it's back into the messy zone. ;)

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  15. Magnolia, I love that song. And I love getting messy. Thanks girl! *hugs*

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  16. Hey Judy! How are you? I will hop over to spend some time with you today. Whatcha serving up? =)

    And I'm falling in love with this story. Cool huh? Thanks for the nice welcome back.

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  17. Hey Robyn, you're posting again!

    My first drafts are always a complete mess but that is purely because i don't write in a linear fashion. I could have the first 2-3 chapters and then have the ending (or the chapter before the ending) and a tonne of middle chapters but no linking between the lot! That's a lot of mess! But, it's my mess and i get it!

    Best of luck with your writing, Robyn. Sending lots of happy inspirational writing thoughts! :)

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  18. Rachna, first draft-itis. Another sickness for me, but one I love to have. ;)

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  19. Lou! I have truly missed you. How is the novel coming?

    And you and I write in that same messy way. I have been known to skip all over. But it helps me get a handle on things. I will write the ending soon and I just started the thing. Like you said, my mess and I get it. And sending those thoughts right back to you, girl. :0)

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  20. I've been hit with bouts of first-draftitis recently, too, and I'm still in the happy stage. Good luck with your first draft!

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  21. Heyya Sandy! Good to see you here, girl. Good luck with your draft too. I'm doing the *happy* dance over this one. =)

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  22. If anyone can through this, it's creative you :)

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  23. Hey Kelly! That's a super-fantastic compliment from you, my friend.

    I hope you are writing poetry like crazy. I'll visit in a bit. =)

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  24. Love this! Will keep it in mind as I write.
    Blessings,
    Karen :)

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  25. I just finished a first draft and it's pretty messy, but I'm excited about it.

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  26. I am much braver in my approach to first drafts these days, and it's a lot more fun. I hope you're enjoying it!

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  27. Karen, I am truly excited about this one. I actually can't wait to get to it, each day. *hugs*

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  28. Patti, Messy first drafts. That's where the action is! =)

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  29. Davin, they are a lot more fun. Do you think it's because we're wiser? Less stuffy about letting loose? I am enjoying it, completely. =)

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  30. Hey Robyn!! How exciting that your book is ready for a title! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I've been thinking of you and continuing to pray for Christopher. Sorry to hear about the pneumonia - hope you're up and about and feeling much better. God bless you bunches! :)

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