Monday, May 7, 2012

Been on a writing jag...

So, been gone for awhile.  Then, a few days ago, I sat down at my computer and started to write.  And, it has been flowing every since!  Not sure what it is I am working on yet, but I am half way to my first goal of writing, getting the "draft zero."  (I know I have written about it before.  But will again.)

It was in one of the many books I have bought of the years that gives advice about writing fantasy and science fiction.  This particular one was written for fantasy only.  One of the articles was written by Terry Pratchett.  In it, he talks about writing a draft zero, something no one sees, no one but he reads and it is roughly eighty pages.  Well, earlier tonight, I saved my little word document and it comes out to forty pages, roughly nine thousand words and I thought what the heck, I can knock off the rest of the day.  (Which I spent mostly hunched over my computer writing in blocks of thousand word sets.)  Been working on this little thing since Wed.  So, in five days I got 40 pages.  Not to bad.  And, I that is with a few days of not getting anything done because of my girl.  (NO, I am not saying I would prefer to be working on this than with her.  I love her, she is great.  And, there are times when I need a break from writing.)

This draft zero so far is horrible, I can tell you.  I seem to have developed a bad habit of hitting the semi colon button instead of the apostrophe button and that needs to be ironed out soon!  But, the big thing is that once this draft is done, I will have to go back and start to truly flesh it out.  Which is something I want to do now, yet I am forcing myself to wait until I am at least close to 80 pages.  One thing I do not want to do is end the sucker.  There is something about putting in that last scene or group of scenes that stops me from working for a time.  I might have to just not end it and wait until my first real draft for the end to put in.

Anyway, enough of me ranting about stuff...I will be back when I can.

And, I don't remember who made this comment, and it is to long ago to respond to the comment now on that post.  Someone asked if I would ever post some of my writing here.  Yes I will, however, I will make sure it is in much better shape than a draft zero format before I do.

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