Writing The First Draft
Let’s start with a quote from John McPhee (New Yorker, April 29, 2013) that resonates with my present (stuck, uncreative, uncertain) place -
“How could anyone ever know that something is good before it exists?”
He goes on to say that first drafts are the hardest and every obstacle becomes a threat to the survival of the book. Yes indeedy, that about sums me up. I’ve never had such a rough time putting words to paper. See the photo to the right? That’s my computer screen – empty looking, no?
Yet, without the vomitous first draft, I have no place to go. So, my initial plan is to to leave fear aside (I always come back to it) and start putting words on paper.
If you have any ideas, please feel free to share. I will post writing tips and suggestions as I find them or make them up.
Here’s one way to get started; The Writer’s Guide…