Wednesday, November 9, 2011

First Drafts: The Good, the Bad,
and the Ugly

In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I'd like to discuss some of the good, the bad, and yup, even the ugly about writing the first draft.

Writing the First Draft

The Good:
  • Getting to know your characters.
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  • Shaping the plot.
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  • Embarking on an adventure.
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  • Basking in your own brilliance.



The Bad:
  • ALL your characters are evil!
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  • The plot...what plot?
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  • The adventure leads you to the Bog of Eternal Stench.
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  • Your writing is crap.

 
The Ugly:
  • Why am I doing this?
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  • The blank page stares back at you.
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  • You have visions of going all Jack Nicholson ala The Shining.
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  • Nothing could possibly suck as much as your writing.

But, remember, it is okay for the first draft to be utter trash. If you put some word vomit all over the page, no problem! Editing is for making things all shiny and polished. The first draft is purely to get the story on the paper. So, get writing!

9 comments :

  1. Love the points and the pics lol And especially like the mental imagery of "word vomit" :D

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  2. Cute analysis. I wish I could create a Jack Nicholson crazy man.

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  3. loved the analysis. I recycle through them during every single draft.

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  4. Lol, enjoyed this. The pics were a cute addition. Good luck with NaNo.

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  5. Hee hee. This is perfect. I'm sure glad it's okay for the first draft to be trash or I'd be in trouble.

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  6. Ha! Great analysis, and the pictures really help. It's amazing how you can go from basking in your own brilliance to nothing could possibly suck as much as your own writing in nanoseconds. :-)

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  7. LOL! Awesome, and so true. Bog of Eternal Stench, love that. And oh yeah, I often want to go all Jack Nicholson on my work. ;)

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  8. I absolutely love your header....so cool.

    NEW FOLLOWER.

    Stopping by to look around...very nice blog.

    Elizabeth

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  9. I love this post =D It's all so true.

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