.. you either love it or you hate it. I hate both!
I am currently on my lunch break, having just written the first 2000 words of my next book, and I felt the need to blog.
Not because I wanted to say how excited I am that my first novel, currently titled Head over Heart, is with a publisher at the moment (even though I am very excited), and not because I am relieved to have started something fresh and new with the new novel (even though I am!) but because starting the new novel has reminded me how much I hate writing first drafts!
When I wrote the first draft of HOH, I did it alongside doing my writing course with the London School of Journalism (LSJ.) So I had my tutor to help me along the way and give me tips and advice about where I was going wrong. By the time I finished the course in the August, I had pretty much got the whole first draft down and had, effectively, already re-written a few of the opening chapters along the way. Having Margaret, my tutor, there to guide me along was incredibly helpful and I learnt so much. But now I am setting off to do this one alone, I am realising just how hard it is.
I know, roughly, what I want to say. I know who my heroine is and who my hero is (although I am yet to name them.) I know the dilemma’s they each have to face, I know (kind of) how they are resolved and I know how I want it to end. So writing it *should* be easy, right? WRONG!
Maybe it is because it has been 20 months since I was last at this stage of writing a book, maybe it is because I don’t have the idea as firmly cemented in my brain as I thought, or maybe it is because I spend too much time on Twitter, Facebook and people’s blogs. Hmmm…… could be all three!
So I am asking for all of you to help me. What tips/advice do you have for writing a first draft? I am trying to write and keep writing without looking back, because I’ve been told that is the best way to get the first draft down. However, at the same time, when I wrote HOH I did edit a little as I went – and it worked out.
What are your experiences of writing first drafts?
PS. Good luck to all who are taking part in NaNoWriMo this month. I do not have the guts to try and pull off 50k words in a month, but I admire all those who are attempting it. Maybe I will do it next year…