Draft Done

Yeah!!!!  I finished my draft last night.

The good news?  I finally have the full story in place.    It has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

The bad news?  The writing is scary.   Unfortunately, by that, I don’t mean the words of this gothic novel creep under your skin.  I mean, the writing itself is frightening.  eeeek!!!

Anyhow, today I begin the rewrite.   I’m going to try to concentrate simply on the story and have fun with it, rather than stress on all the tiny, anal things we writers get hung up on.  (that can wait til the polishing up edit).   Really, if  non-writing readers knew how much we writers stressed over:  “To comma or not to comma?” , “Adverb okay or the big evil?”,  “Oh, no!  A saidism!”- they would  think we were more crazy than they already do.

Here’s to the rewrite!  🙂


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  1. I toddled over from AW to congratulate you on the completion of the first draft. Very important milestone.

  2. Thank you so much, Janet.

    It’s actually not the first draft, though. I have other drafts, but they were extremely rough. They were a mix of ideas and ran in different directions. The story and characters kept changing their frigging minds about everything! This is the first one in which the full story has become crystal clear to me.

    So, I guess I will call this my first TRUE draft.

    Thank you again for your encouragement. Much appreciated! 🙂

  3. Well done on completing the draft!

    And yes, non-writers don’t know the sweat and blood that we pour into our work – but isn’t that the same with every profession or sport, especially the ones that look pretty from the outside, like competitive figure skating? We see the beautiful end product; they see everything that went into it, like the part of an iceberg that’s below the surface.

    Luckily we have other writers to talk to! 🙂

  4. Hi Marian,

    Thank you so much!

    You are totally correct. I often compare writing to ballet: in the sense that dancers practice hours every single day at the barre to do those few leaps and pirouettes on stage. When something appears effortless- you know years of sweat went into it. 🙂


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