Drafting Days

I’m in First Draft mode for the new story 2012 challenge so am operating in the space-between story world and daily details. This may seem counter productive when I have other projects close to completion but it’s beneficial to shift gears for a few weeks. The first advice I heard about choosing the writing life is that it is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.

The inspiration stage is the planning to first draft complete stage. Some may say the first draft is 10% of the perspiration stage. It all depends on our process, which is as individual as our characters. The bulk of writing energy, about 70%, on each project is in the crafting and editing stage. The smallest percentage of time is the polishing and promotions. This is why, after crafting and editing three different projects during 2011, I stepped into the creation stage to shift my energy.

I’m also refilling my creative well with old movies. It was fun to experience the whole story pertaining to the classic Marilyn Monroe “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” performance.  It is common when something is taken out of context the message can change. This song served a plot point purpose within this madcap story as written in 1953. Today the song has a girl greed flavor which was not the original point.

This is a good reminder for every stage from inspiration to polish and promote. We don’t know what will connect with our readers, or why it becomes important to them. All we can control is our craft, edits and potential for entertainment.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

3 Responses to Drafting Days

  1. Trish says:

    90% perspiration, for sure!
    Good luck and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.


  2. Good luck with your perspiration! I read that Charles Dickens used to have the writing of three books on the go at one time. He must have had separate compartments in his mind to keep them all from merging together.


  3. Rose L says:

    Hope the perspiration brings inspiration.
    I always loved the song Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and used to perform it! I also enjoyed Big Spender in Sweet Charity.
    Oh, and the songs from Lady Sings The Blues starring Diana Ross.


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