Shhhh! I’m busy writing, or at least typing. The writing happened last week.
The rough draft of the short story came together, all at once, in 1600 words worth of missing scenes. The rest of the week was spent in re-reading and taking notes. I don’t remember exactly what was the tipping point. Doesn’t really matter, since that is not the kind of thing you can re-create on the next project. Each project requires a different set of circumstances.
Now I’m on to the second draft, typed this time. What you should know about me is this is almost harder than the rough draft. I’ve never worked in an office, so computers and technology are not my everyday tools, although I did take a typing class way back in high school. My keyboarding style is best described as “Monkey-Chicken Hybrid on Caffeine.”
But, before I go, let me type up a few thoughts that occurred during the week.
Writing is work. If you don’t also enjoy the process, please, go find something pleasant to do with your time. Save your sanity.
Editing/revision is where you make sure the words are fit for another brain. YOU understand the story, but will another person just reading the words–without your brain–understand what you are trying to say?
Watermelon is the food of the Gods.
Teenagers are crazy.
Graphic novels are pictures and story, and I LOVE them.
Punctuation, grammar, and slang should reflect the target audience. Anything else is just making it harder to be read, understood, and enjoyed.
I gotta get back to typin’. Have a good ‘un.