Writing is a very personal endeavor; there are no short cuts, no apps that will fill in the blanks your imagination runs up against and very few helpful “tricks” to make it easier. Nowhere is it more apparent that in the first draft of a short story, novella or novel. It is also here where a beginning writer runs to the most daunting realization that there are more than 1 draft of their master piece.
Now I am sure folks will point out that many very famous writers claim to get it right the first time. On the whole it is unrealistic to hold yourself to the expectations of a writer that has been practicing their craft for decades. Let you be you when approaching a new piece of fiction (or your first).
A First Draft is a big pile of words that tells a story, it is okay to have grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, plot holes and rough character development. IT IS OKAY, because remember this is the first draft. During the writing process of that draft you need to allow your story to go where it wants, let it explore and find itself. Be silly with it, let the voice become clear to you. By the time you reach the end you will have decided what kind of story you are writing and the voice should be clear (or becoming clear).
Read through your first draft with a red pen and if you are lucky enough to have a trusted reader someone that is willing to look past the potholes to see the story then have them read it too. I am lucky that my wife is willing to read a first draft and cut through it with a red pen AND add some very constructive notes on the story itself.
After the red pen is set down you are ready to get down to business with the: Second Draft.
Of course this is where the blogger/author/person on the other end of the keyboard writes a little “Welcome to my corner of the internet” post.
I will try to set the stage for what you will find here, if you are so inclined to visit more than once. I am not much of a blogger, so blog entries will be largely limited to me announcing new content being added or I might blather on about current projects, works in progress or in the event that I receive questions I will try my best to answer them. On the odd day I might wax poetic about being a husband or a father in these modern days.
What kind of content will be found here? I plan on posting first and second draft short stories that I am working on that will live only here (meaning I don’t have the intention of trying to publish them “officially”). Call them little fictional freebees that I hope will entertain.
How often will I add content? Well I have a small stock pile of these first draft children nipping at my heels and I plan on releasing one every other week until they are all posted. After that I will try to keep the content fresh. After all I can only write so fast and I have a novel that refuses to leave me alone.
Will my novel(s) appear on the site? Maybe, depending on how I am feeling I might post a chapter or two of a Work In Progress (W.I.P) but I do plan on seeking a traditional published author status.
So first up is a relatively new Short Story that I wrote as a warmup for my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo please check it out, it is a great way to get a pile of words to sculpt a story out of. Anyway, the Short Story in question is called “Meeting Death” it is a little quirky but then again I was in a very odd mood when I sat down at the keyboard. You can follow the link “Meeting Death” or follow the Short Story menu if you would like to check it out.