dashing to the finish
I am in the throes of the pulse-racing climax and thrilling conclusion of my WIP. While I’ve enjoyed the hades out of writing this one, I can’t wait to finish the first draft. Why? Well, Scooby Doo, I thought you’d never ask:
TOP FIVE REASONS I WANT TO FINISH MY FIRST DRAFT:
1. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.
- That’s right. I do not outline. I have only the vaguest idea of where my plot is going. I will find out how my manuscript ends when I have ended it. I dance on the head of a pin, bruddah!
2. I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more cowbell revision.
- So many ideas for improving what I’ve already got, but I don’t want to start on them until I have the story worked out. Framework before the molding.
3. The line starts to the left.
- Of my Id. I’ve got several other projects I’m ready to put my figurative mitts on, but not until I’ve seen this one through to the bittersweet end.
4. There’s more to life.
- Than my writing. I’ve discovered that I can’t read other writers’ fiction while I’m writing my own, at least in the first major stage of the process. I get their voice in my head, and it becomes difficult switching back and forth. Kate Barsotti told me that’s because I’m a “deep reader”. Isn’t she nice? I think it’s because I’m a “chuckle head”.
5. Duh, or Me! Me! Publish Me!
- Well, of course I want to be a prolific, published writer. What’s that you say? My telescopic ear is stretching over the intrawebs, and I hear some of you saying, “I don’t really care if I ever get published.”
Well, I do.
I’ll blog about that next time.
And it won’t be any dang month, I can tell ya that.