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First Draft Down...

April 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I finished the first draft of SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT this evening.  Hooray!

It's very exciting, typing up the final pages of a manuscript.  Granted, this is only the fourth time I've done it.  But it's still a happy thrill.  I hope it never loses its appeal.

There's still so much work left to do on this thing…like make it coherent, and readable, and perhaps even find a way to make it not suck.  But that's rewriting.  Rewriting is almost always less taxing than writing.  At least now I have something to hammer on, rather than a blank page.  But that's a task to tackle another day.

For now, seeing as how it's almost 8pm and I haven't eaten a single thing all day—excepting a cup of coffee around 6:15 this morning—I am going to take the rest of the night off.

I think it's a pizza night.


Steve Halter April 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm
Congrats! Eat a slice for me. Keep the pipeline full.
Ian April 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Thanks, Steve! Consider the slice eaten.
Brit Mandelo April 14, 2012 at 8:15 am
Ian April 14, 2012 at 11:13 am
Thanks, dude!
April 14, 2012 at 11:58 am
Yay! Happy basking in creative glory for a few hours! before the work begins again... Ha!
Ian April 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Thank you! Rest assured, I'm already back in the salt mines...
E J Frost April 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm
This is mega, dude! I'm so pleased for you. Now get cracking on those revisions so I can see this in the bookstores sometime soon!
Ian April 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Thanks! The mss. is now sitting on a shelf, where it will stew for about a month. I already have a long list of things I want to change or improve when I pull it down again...
Melinda April 17, 2012 at 9:32 am
Don't be so hard on yourself. I've been reading this book, and am eagerly awaiting the final chapters. It's terrific. You'll make it better, but rest assured it Does Not Suck.
Ian April 17, 2012 at 10:05 am
Thanks for that, Melinda. I appreciate it. I'm in that place now where all I can see is all the stuff that needs to be improved. I hate everything I write by the time I finish it. My head is stuck on an endless list of weaknesses to be addressed. Ugh.
Sara G. April 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm
That is wonderful news! And I'm betting Melinda is right about it not sucking. I'm supposed to be finishing my first draft of the Darwin play right now for a reading tomorrow morning. Instead, I procrastinate. But maybe if I promise myself pizza when I'm done...Though you'd think the specter of human beings reading it in less than 24 hours would do the trick. Writers are silly people.
Ian April 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Thank you very much, Sara! And congratulations to you as well -- I am thrilled that your Darwin play is finished! (I say that knowing you are extremely reponsible, and that no amount of procrastination will prevent you from finishing it in brilliant form, well in advance of tomorrow's reading.) You've been working on that for a long time. I'm so thrilled it's completed. Ever since you first told me about it, I have known it is a very special work and, knowing you, I also know it is soulful, moving work of genius.
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