What? A drunken squirrel you say? It's true, I see your smirk.
Let me explain. I start writing, I think I know where I am going and I have my synopsis. Then, for some inexplicable reason, I get side tracked. It may mean that I write an in depth dissertation on tire thread or even why Cousin Pearl got that particular tattoo and piercing at the same time.
So, I stop, redirect myself and start forward again. Ah! I have the heroine where I want her, all of a sudden she wants her nails done. Next is a comparison shopping list on what is the best type of nails to get and where. That's not going to work. So, I address the hero, oh no! Suddenly, I'm writing about why someones sister's brother, great uncle became a CIA agent. Why? Because I have an attention span of a squirrel, a drunk one, that gets confused and meanders off the path. Worse, if I see something shiny---oooh look! I've just created a really cool secondary character who dyes her hair three different colors and thinks thigh high boots are business wear.
What can I do?
First, I take a deep breath and push away the glass of wine...err...coffee. Then I reorient myself by asking these questions:
- What am I writing about?
- Who is talking? (and why?)
- What IS the purpose of this scene or chapter?
- Do I really need to go into all this back-story? (I ask that a lot)
- Where am I headed?
Asking these questions help immensely, I can usually move forward again. The number one thing about the whole first draft, in spite of my meanderings is : TO GET IT DONE. Afterwards I can go back and fix what my drunken squirrel self has done. Sometimes, in my unexpected twists and turns, I find a piece of information, description, or character that really will help me in my revision. Usually, I get to cut out a whole bunch of useless bits and pieces. You can tell that I look forward to revisions. (no)
They say the first step is recognizing the problem, then next step is to address it. I suppose I better enroll my Drunken Squirrel into a twelve step program for writers.
So, how do you approach your first draft? Do you love it? Hate it? Wander aimlessly?
**The Sugar Doll Award** (I could not upload the picture)
Just as a fun note, a fellow blogger, HAWK, gave me this ward to fill out and pass it one to others. Just write down ten things about yourself. This I think would be fun for all of us.
- I collect china tea cups-and use them
- I love the colors red, blue, and black
- I adore my neurotic cat (although I'll deny it)
- I hate camping
- I love to cook
- I love to work-out
- I love the early morning, but I find it hard to get up
- I am left handed
- I love the rain
- I am shy
I am passing this award onto: Nannette, Lynn, Paula, Jeanie, Callie, Louisa, JoAnn, Marie, Naima, Julie, Diane, Christine, Gwen, and Carla (and if I forgot anyone forgive me!)