Posts Tagged ‘shitty first drafts’

words words words

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I’m a few thousand words into the second draft of my novel. It’s amazing to me that it has taken approximately 100,000 words to get to the point where I am ready to start actually writing the story. I’ve realised that the first draft was more or less just a very detailed outline. From that, [...]


Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman with one novel on the go is always hankering after another. I honestly think that the best way to guarantee a steady flow of exciting new ideas is always to be working on something that keeps you away from writing anything new.
That notwithstanding, this morning [...]

the daily george

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

I’ve decided that it would be a cool challenge for me to blog every day between now and the end of the year. The aim is to blog about what I’m writing and reading, of course – but inevitably there will be detours into dog-walking, alcohol, work and other adventures. I can’t help it. Be [...]

a confession

Friday, October 28th, 2011

I don’t know how to tell you this, but… I’m not writing a novel.
I know, I know. I’ve led you on terribly.
The truth is, I’m writing THREE novels.
I don’t know how I got into this mess. First, it was just the one novel, and I was totally devoted to it, but halfway [...]

writing is rewriting

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

So I plucked up courage and read the first draft. It was everything I expected it to be: sloppy, solipsistic, boring. But after reading it, I wrote a list of everything I liked about it, and there were FIVE WHOLE THINGS! So much of the story became clearer to me as I read, particularly towards [...]

the fear

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I’ve got the fear.
It’s half-term next week, and it’s about two months since I finished the first draft of my novel. A good time to start editing and revising. That was the plan, anyway.
So this morning I printed out a paper copy, with the intention of reading it through once and taking it [...]

how to write a terrible first draft

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Yesterday I finished writing the first draft of my novel. It is a really terrible first draft. I’m not being modest. I’m not showing off, either. It sucks. The characters are weak and do things for no reason. They can’t even hold onto their names for the length of the story. The plot is unjustifiably [...]