By Lexie Smith
Process, process and more process. That was definitely the word of the night for February’s Third Thursday Program, “The First Draft: Let the Words Rip!”
Authors W.K. “Kip” Stratton, Greg Garrett, Jacqueline Kelly and Keith Graves gave us a behind-the-books look at the creation of their first drafts and how they write. Greg even shared his personal magic formula for writing a first draft.
Here are some practical tips the panelists shared:
● Don’t write a shoddy first draft, despite what you read in some books.
● Listen to the voice(s) in your head. (Use caution when letting others know about those voices!)
● Build up a portfolio of work before you expect an advance on your utterly compelling project.
● Keep a journal of ideas about characters, plots, etc. Paragraphs of explanation aren’t needed. One-liners will do.
● Develop your plot around a favorite character.
● Working on your writing doesn’t require a keyboard, pad or pen. It happens [click the red “Read More” button below to continue] Continue reading