Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Still, I got a draft out to my fiction group today, just before we leave on a two-week family trip. It might not be as far along as I'd hoped, but they always have very useful comments for me (we meet at the end of August).
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This story appeared in our local paper (and on their web site) today. It's a project that's been brewing for a few months and has been a great experience (and we're just getting started). It seems far from theatre, I know, but I think it fits well into the basic framework of the things that interest me (and why they interest me).
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Writer 1: Pat, I just have to say, this is the most brilliant thing I've ever read.
Writer 2: If you change a word of it, we might just have to kill you.
Writer 3: Seriously--I laughed, I cried, I called my agent and told her that she'd better sign you right away.
Writer 4: I have nothing to add. I just wish I could write something like this.
Writer 2: I mean it. Do. Not. Change. Anything.
And then I'd whip up a fantastic query, send it out, land an agent, a publishing contract and voila.
Of course, that's not really how it works. I make plenty of mistakes. I sometimes completely fail to see how a scene will be interpreted. Characters that seem clear to me, make no sense to my readers. The whole "show don't tell" thing pops up, even though I know better.
I brought the first 28 pages of the first draft of my new middle-grade novel into my group last night. They're terrific readers and good friends, and most importantly, they don't let me get away with stuff that doesn't work. They were definitely engaged by the pages, but they had lots of concerns and suggestions. My brain is now overloaded with possible changes to solve all the problems they pointed out.
Despite my wildest fantasies, I'm far from a perfect first-draft writer. Luckily, I have a good writer's group to help me work my way towards a solid (and more perfect) final draft.