Drafts, Drafts, Drafts.

July 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm (Planning for the Future, Writing) ()

For the past two days, I’ve bunkered down and gone through my eighty-odd pages with vibrant red pen. I planned on going back another two times with different colors and tackling different aspects of it, but I feel I might be able to get what I want done in one go, in terms of editing the current material.

(Slashing through with green and blue may be saved for another day.)

It’s shaping up well. Granted, it may be somewhat half-finished, but one of my toughest critics, my own sister, went through and enjoyed it.

She, of course, made points that I am being a bonehead about the process – some things, that I don’t know diddly about, like bone structure, cars, or the physics of hurdling, become readily apparent. As I want my writing to have a certain expansive quality in it, as opposed to being one-dimensional, it MIGHT be a good idea to get some help with those parts.

But other things that shine with my trademark wit, she enjoys thoroughly. One of the big, incredibly emotional scenes almost had her in tears.

When something you’ve created with words can inspire emotions in people – WORDS – that might be telling you that you’ve got something good.

But for now, it’s just a draft in progress. The mere deed of printing out eighty pages of my own words, my own characters, my own story, and holding in my hands brings me a great deal of happiness.

I cannot wait to “finish” it – I use quotes because once a different editor gets their hands on it, chances are that changes will still be made – and possibly, one day, see it bound and printed.

I know it’s business as usual for some people. It wouldn’t make a lick of difference what book they’re selling, and they could be more likely to sell copies of the latest dieting fad than put my book on shelves; but I could really grow to like the idea of finding my own book at a Borders or a Barnes and Noble, or at The Strand in New York City, or at a local bookstore in a podunk town I’m dropping into on the way to visit a friend.

Then again, I’m a little old-fashioned like that.

-Brian

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2 Comments

  1. Cait said,

    Brian, I think that’s awesome! I wish you the best of luck on the whole project. Wouldn’t it be surreal to be driving through [random town you can’t pronounce] and see your book featured in a shop window? You’d have to go buy a disposable camera that second if you didn’t have anything on you – and naturally…blog about it all later.

    Have you posted what the story is about or are we all to be in 100% secrecy from what it entails?

  2. trackhoof said,

    Yeah, it would be effing hysterical.

    And yes, it is secret. I can give you the first line, though: “It was a dry day in Princeton, and he couldn’t think straight.”

    I’ve been crazy busy with work and moving for the past weeks (moved into new apartment, had to come back to Jersey for some contract work, but MOVED INTO NEW APARTMENT WHOOOHOOOOOOOO!), but I can’t wait to keep going with it.

    I’m at around 90, 95 pages I think now; I’m hoping to be “done” with it by September, in which case I’ll be starting up with classes, as well as sending out some tendrils to find parties interested in it.

    If there’s no luck with that story, I’ve got a bunch of other ideas on the burner; I can always bring it up in the future when I have more leverage!

    I just hope I can get them published before people give up on books, eh?

    P.S. How is work and life and stuff? E-mail me!

    -Brian

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