First Drafts

DebE —  June 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

The nature of first drafts is that they are… average.

I re-read Chapters 10 and 11 today. Within both there are bits I like, and bits I don’t. Since I have only recently written them, I don’t know quite yet how to fix the bits I don’t like. I made a few corrections here and there, but there are some parts that I can see need a whole lot more detail to make it hang together better. That’s fine. The thing is, I have these ideas for future scenes that I really want to get written. If I was painting, I would work all over the canvas – a little work here, a splash over there, building and working up the entire picture. I find that I can’t do that with writing. I know some people can – write a scene that will eventually be at the end of the book. I find that I need to work to the timeline. Sure, I have notes about what has to happen for the next 10 chapters (really), but notes are notes. OK, so I have been known to “sketch out” dialogue that will come up in a Chapter or two, but really, I am a linear writer. I write it how you read it. So, if I rush over a bit, and it reads a bit funny, please just take that as a sign that something a little bit exciting is coming up, and I was eager to get to writing it.

Anyway, back to it, rather than all this procrastinating!

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Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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