‘“In my own first drafts, when I re-read them, it always seems like a bunch of people in street clothes holding scripts, standing on a bare stage, looking at tape marks on the floor and reading from the script very haltingly. And you think ok, well, that’s the first rehearsal. We’re going to get sets, we’re going to get costumes, there will be real drinks in the glasses, this isn’t the finished production.’
Oh my gosh, it’s nice to hear that someone else’s first draft looks like this. Sometimes I worry that all I have at the end is a bunch of talking heads, and the advice to cut X% of your novel just doesn’t work. I end up having to add more detail rather than cut out words.
I also love his advice of using Youtube videos to explore sensations or locations you haven’t been to yourself. I actually can’t believe this hadn’t occurred to me before. I also love his method of coming up with novel ideas.
Definitely worth the read, and apparently I need to read more of Powers’ books!
Had to reblog this, even though it does have a $24 admittance fee and a 3k-word short story feels oh so short to me since I’ve been working on novels & novellas lately. You get feedback on your story, plus that is some major cash in the top 7 slots!
Outline for Cloom’s Garden? Check.
- I actually finished this on Saturday while waiting to get my car fixed. Three hours since I had to get new brakes put on. /sigh At least it was a productive three hours!
Start reviewing my final draft for Ghosts of Pikes Peak? Double check.
- This draft is actually cleaner than I thought it would be. The opening especially I was nervous about, but after a little bit of cleanup it looks just fine. I’ll admit, I’m not used to going back to my work and actually approving of what I find. In fact I’m a little paranoid now that I missed something…
I had to give myself a few days off before I jumped into Ghosts. The writing styles are very different, and I wanted to approach my supernatural adventure tale with fresh eyes. I really do get a feel for how much bigger the world is in Cloom though. Looking at this piece now, it’s easy to see why I didn’t need an outline to get it finished.
By the way, I love the snapshot feature on Scrivener, which helps me keep the multiple draft versions straight. It only works on a per document level, so I have to remember to do it per scene, but it really does help if I ever need to roll anything back (or check out what I did on an old version!)
Some funny things I had to look up:
- Semicolon rules. I was pretty sure I had this right, but dang it, I always second guess myself. Turns out I was right. If I hadn’t checked though, I would have remembered it wrong, right?
- The definition of Cur. I always want to say it is spelled with two R’s. It just looks weird with one!
Side Funny: Apparently it’s normal to call your new puppy a cur on a regular basis.
Not sure if I’ll have this done in time for Camp NaNo, but it’ll hopefully be close. Then I can devote some much-needed writing time to Cloom’s Garden. Woot!