Its been a while. Months to be precise. Wanna know whats been happening?
Well, in Dec… I wrote my first full length fictional document (I’m hesitating calling it a novel)… but yeah, I did it! I used the nanowrimo technique of 1667 words a day for 30 days straight until completion. And it worked. I’m stoked, other people are stoked and no-ones been able to read it yet. why?
well, here’s the problem, the nanowrimo technique creates content, but not quality. Its the difficult first draft that people struggle with for years I’ve produced… but its a mess. The plot is all over the place, the locations don’t make sense and I’ve forgotten the names of half the characters, so they switch mid way through. This is the problem with writing forwards so quickly everyday, you don’t have time to re-read and get fussy about the details. Its full steam ahead, forever forward and no looking back.
So…. document one done… now what? Well its on to the second draft. But here’s where I’m struggling. I don’t know if I want to continue with it. (yet). I want to write another, and another, and another… the thought of having to trawl through 50,000 words picking out the details and refining my words into a readable form, doesn’t thrill me. And I think the only way I’m going to get it done is by dedicating another month for all the tweaks, research and revisions. Only then can I be truely happy with it enough for people to read. And thats the whole point of producing a book right?
Mark Mapstone is a skateboarder, a writer, and author of the Ethan Wares Skateboard Series books.
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