Friday, October 15, 2010
Messy, messy rough draft!
Hey everybody! Welcome. Thanks for dropping by. I'm so nervous this morning. I thought this would be a great idea--to let you all see the scribbly mess I start with--but it is making me kind of sick to my stomach. We're friends, right? And I know many of you are aspiring novelists. I'm posting this for you. If you just want the story, skip down to my next post to read the first revision of this scribbled scene. Rough drafts are incomplete, skeletal, sometimes the scenes get cut, and they always need a massive makeover. I write my first drafts by hand. I thought about typing this up so you can read it better, but I'll never get this novel written if I do that. And I would so cheat and edit it--I'm sure. I don't know if I'll scan in my rough drafts every day, but I will on occasion. I promise. I won't wimp out.
I'm an ARTIST WAY (Julia Cameron) devotee. My practice of writing morning pages helped me learn to tune into and capture scenes floating in my head when I wake up. It's an amazing tool and has led me to way more creative output than I ever thought possible. I scribble, scribble--in my bed, in my pjs--sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours.
When I take my scribbled pink pages--today I'm using up some lovely pale peach, but I'll be back to pink soon--to my computer and type the scene for the first time, I revise as I go, trying to impose a little order. I'm working on the revision today and will post it this afternoon.