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A story is born in my mind and scribbled out on the pages of my notebook.

I tingle with excitement. I love this.

Words get crossed out. Notes appear in margins. Something is circled – should I delete this? Characters disappear. New ones take their place, or not.

I suppress a thrill. This is becoming an excellent story.

I type it into a document. Hmmm. That part doesn’t sound right. Words get rearranged. A new sentence replaces an old one. A plot hole is revealed. I fill it in and try to smooth the edges.

Oh, I don’t like that. This is awful. What was I thinking?

I put the story aside, but I still think of it. My subconscious mulls over possible solutions. It might be days, or weeks, or… months.

I know it will come. I acknowledge it might take a long time. Deep down, I worry. How will I build a body of work if the quality I’m working toward takes this long? When will my process come faster? Surely it doesn’t take other writers this long.

It does, though.

I work, I read, I follow my favourite writers. Quite by accident I come across a dozen statements in a single day, writers I admire mentioning the few years it can take to birth a story from start to finish. From that first draft to the one which gets accepted. I am normal, I realize, surprised. I am on the right track.

Keep writing. Keep going. We’re all doing fine.

21 thoughts on “IWSG: rough drafts

  1. Jennifer — It’s 2:00AM. The idea that just flashed through my half-sleep was too good to let escape. That is exactly why I keep a writing pad on the night stand. In the dark, without waking the wife, I scribble enough to remind me in the morning.

    By the light of day what I find first looks like scribbled nonsense, big letters written on top of each other. When I finally sort out the cryptic midnight message I am left to wonder why I ever thought it was so special.

    Yet every so often one of those ‘great ideas’ gives birth to a worthwhile blog post….enough to keep me writing in the dark. After all, if you have the itch you have to keep scratching. Good luck in 2019.

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