The Ugly First Draft
Posted on September 14, 2013
It is the hope, the dream, of your characters to be enjoyed, developed, and perfected to a point where they feel real. Your dreams are littered with images of the protagonist, evil deeds of the villain, and the sublime yet subtle actions of the extended cast. You can see the green skeletal leaves on your imaginary trees, get lost in the deep blue hue in the eyes of your hero, and taste the fruity flavor of the Merlot in your romantic moments. It's all in the first draft, hidden between the lines, hanging on to your finger tips until you write it down. The details are waiting to be dug out, to be cultivated into the rich characters and plot you know to be true.
The ugly first draft is complete. The easy part is over. Now comes the editing. This is where the work really begins.