Ahhh ignorance is bliss! I started my first draft of my current obsession so ignorantly. I just thought I’d have a shot at writing a story. It wasn’t meant to be for any except my eyes and maybe my friends (who inspired characters). And it was fun! I didn’t take it too seriously for the first, oh, like five months? Then as I worked through a plot (I’m a plotter, always have been – I even plot and ‘re-run’ my daydreams ;p) it occurred to me that.. it might be good!?!
Then I threw myself into writing and when I was halfway through my intended plot I realised I’d already written a book. Which was how, after a some intensive re-planning it became a trilogy. And now I’m onto writing the first draft for book two, current working title ‘Awakening’.
OMG is it hard ;p I managed to knock out the first chapter last week and I’m almost at the end of the second… and I really wanted to have the first five chapters done by the end of this weekend.. which probably won’t happen (unless I can type like roadrunner runs… FAST). Why am I finding it so hard? Because I know how insignificant the first draft is in the scheme of things. The difference between my first draft of The Arrival and the final version that’s now published is huge.
It really is like starting with a dirty hunk of rock and polishing it to a beautiful diamond. After the end result you just can’t believe it started off so dirty and unidentifiable!
So starting at the beginning again is both liberating and depressing. Liberating as I FINALLY get to continue the story and depressing because pretty much all that I’m currently writing will be re-written. It’s also rather mind spinning as I try to put all I want to into one book… sometimes I think I should have made it five books!! The Arrival covers just over a ‘month’ in the girls lives and Awakening is going to cover close to a year – making everything fit is migraine inducing!
But it must be done and it will. And after seeing how The Arrival turned out I’ve no doubt that this one will be even better *grin*
Onwards and upwards!
And funny pics always help. Always!