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First Drafts–Rough or Ready?

Thinking or Writing?

Thinking or Writing?

I know, I know … a first draft is supposed to be a rough draft.  I’m not supposed to stop and edit, take time to tinker with word choices and sentence structure, and rewrite my first chapter a dozen times before moving on to the next.  How can I expect to finish a novel that way?  No way!  I’m supposed to write as if running a sprint, not a marathon–full speed, stopping for nothing, not even to catch my breath.

Then, when I’ve reached the finished line … I won’t be finished.  I will discover I’ve been running the first lap of what is a marathon, after all.

I’m beginning to think this is hard for me because it isn’t the way anything else in life is supposed to be managed: marrying, raising children, cooking supper.  Is it?  Imagine if I ran a payroll (my day job) that way–just get it done and then fix the errors afterward.  But running payroll isn’t a creative endeavor … not like marriage, child-rearing, supper, art.

Art in Action

Art in Action

Watching a video of a young artist, drawing a face from out of blank canvas, helps me find my answer in a question.  A hint of a face, a rough sketch of a face, an almost face, a recognizable face, a remarkable face … what if she had to get the chin just so before she could let herself go … on … to freedom … to free the face, to free herself … to finish?

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K. A. Young

My first professional blog. Feels like moving into a new apartment. As an author with more ideas than time, I plan to use this blog to try out novel ideas (pun intended).

The view in the wordpress neighborhood promises to be inspiring. Perhaps, once I’ve settled in, I can contribute to the literary environs here. If anyone stops by to see the new face, thanks for your interest; I soon hope to have something worth reading about.

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