Friday, April 6, 2012
F is for First Drafts
I have to admit, I love writing first drafts. I find them very refreshing, and free - in a first draft, I can try anything I want, I can let a seemingly absurd scene play out, because its all going to get revised later anyway, and hey, might as well give it a shot. the surprises can turn out to be the best part. That's where the kernels of ideas really grow into towering vines (that will need to be pruned later, but let's not let that clog up the flow, after all. How can we tel a story with no flow?)
The first draft is the childhood of any book, the place where ideas get tested and held up to the light, to see if the essence of the narrative shines through. And sometimes it doesn't, and those first ideas get reworked on the way to being a big, polished adult Book. But I think it's the fun part.