Monday, April 23, 2012

beginnings

First, if you haven't entered my blogoversay giveaway of Insurgent, check it out!

So I've done it.  I've started Novel #2.  I even it put it up in the bar under "What I'm working on".  That makes it official, right?  Go check it out if you'd like.

But, beginnings are HARD!  I forgot how daunting a blank Word doc feels, since I've been revising COTF for so long.  It's ominous and so open-ended.  I'm not far in and I'm already second guessing myself.  Did I put in enough world building?  Are my characters coming to life?  Do they have the right personality?

But you know what?  That doesn't matter.  I mean it matters, but that's not what the first draft is about.  It's about getting the story on the page.  Second and third and fourth (etc) drafts are for polishing.  First drafts are supposed to be crappy.  This is something I have to continually remember, so that I don't get hung up on word choice.  If my character sighs three times on a page, it doesn't matter; that's what revisions are for.  Just GET IT DOWN on the page.  Don't stop.  Don't revise.  Just go go go!

I've read so many author blog posts about giving permission to write crap and to fail.  It's something I believe in too.  If we're so concerned with the first draft being good, we will probably never finish it.  My revisions are MASSIVE but that's okay.  At least I finished.  So don't worry so much with if the first draft is good, or if you're following your outline exactly.  Get it down and change it later.  Whatever helps you finish the draft is what you should do.

6 comments:

  1. YAYYY, new projects are so much fun! And I totally agree, beginnings are HARD. My beginnings always, always change at least twice, lol. I read the description for Novel #2 and OMG it sounds awesome!! Really great concept. Have fun getting into drafting brain again :)

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  2. I'm very, very close to being at the same point. Right now I'm getting close to finishing edits on Novel #1 and then I have one more beta reader I want to send it to. I've been brainstorming novel #2, so when I send the first one to the last beta, I'm going to need to actually get started. Ah the writing life :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  3. Hi Steph, nice to meet you and good luck with the new idea!

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    1. Nice meeting you too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. The thought of moving on to another project right now is so tantalizing. I just may have to do it soon!

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  5. I've followed this advice and fond it to my advantage. however, this time around I've decided to go back and edit only what I wrote the day before. Then I'm not as nervous about what I'm putting down and I'm mentally prepared to write the next bit. I've really enjoyed doing it this way becasue it gives me a little piece of mind.

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