Look at it. Isn’t it cute? It’s the first draft of my first book. Sure, it’s only 88 pages right now, double-spaced. But it’s the entire story, before I make the characters lovable, and the places ones that you will want to visit to see for yourself. Lots more words to be written. Probably as many as I already have.
I finished this first draft a couple weeks ago and have been avoiding the editing/rewriting process. I’m like that old lady who is looking back on life and thinking, I should have enjoyed my youth when I was there. Because, writing that first seems a lot more fun than what I’m facing now.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that once I get into it I won’t want to stop and I’ll love the process–please let me love the process. That’s how the rest of my art undertakings have gone. I hated pulling glass stringers for hours at a time, but I was able to make peace with it and find some positive aspect in the task, thus causing me to look forward to it.
I guess the hard part is knowing where to start. I’ve never taken a creative writing class and I don’t think that high school term papers count. Although, I did rock the one on Wuthering Heights in 9th grade, and surprised myself with an A. All of ten pages of it, footnotes and all.
So, what does one do when they don’t know what to do? Many people would just jump in and do it. That’s what I tried, trusting that something in my subconscious mind would have gleaned that skill from my years of schooling. I think I got through the first scene. Bleh. I corrected some grammar, but added nothing to the story. Sigh.
When that doesn’t work, what’s the next step? Read a book about it, of course. I’m all about the School of Amazon–or blogs, or Facebook. I now know that some people print their first drafts because seeing it on paper causes them to look at their work differently. So that’s why that pile of paper in the picture now exists. Already, looking at it I can feel the difference. Ain’t nothin’ like jotting in the margins, circling, drawing arrows, and coding paragraphs to be moved.
Yeah. I think this might help.
Next step? Reading it out loud, they say.