Saturday, July 3, 2010

Roughing It - My first draft

Why is writing so h-a-r-d? For me, anyway. It shouldn't be, given the following things:

1. I know my characters.
2. I know what I want to happen to my characters.
3. I can see the book playing like a movie in my head.

So why is it so hard to translate what I see in my head to the page? My current WIP, Hellbound, is a mess. A MESS. Random scenes everywhere. Some aren't even scenes. Bare conversations between characters. I don't even say which characters are speaking. It looks like this:
This can't be it.”
“It is.”
“I'm sorry if you were expecting a Cinderella story a la your dad. Your mom hasn't changed since you last saw her.”

I legit just copied and pasted that from my MS.
And there's a lot of this: (Insert story about time spent with grandparents, how they seemed nice, etc.)
I even wrote this by one scene: (fix)
Please tell me I'm not the only one who writes like this. Just calling this a rough draft is a's like licking sandpaper.


Anonymous said...

Nah it happens to all of us. I write songs and seriously I'll have something like:

---- Stay,
---- away,
---- today

and I'll go back and fill in the other words with stuff. Sometimes you just need the grit feeling. Don't worry, you'll get it.

-Nick A.

barbmeyers said...

You're not the only one that does this. My many mss are filled with such comments, especially the ones I started revising and never finished. It's your brain knowing what you need to do before your mind is ready to do it.