Monday, June 11, 2012

A Writer's High

I finished the first draft of a longer short story yesterday. I think I wrote about three thousand words in one sitting to push through to the end. Then when I tried to print it we were, of course, out of paper. I then ran around screaming in what I think was left over story frustration then jumped in my car, drove to the store, bought a ream of paper and was back in ten minutes. I'm surprised I didn't get pulled over.

But I had to print it off. I had to. There is nothing to compare to the feeling of printing off a first draft, when you are still full of that vibrating energy and there is nothing in the world that would drag you away from the side of that printer watching each page come into miraculous being. Then in the same fever I finished writing it, I read it for the first time all the way through.

I have a rule. I never read more than two paragraphs back into my piece before I pick up writing again. So whenever I print something off for the first time and sit down to read it, that is really and truly the first time I have read it. The only feeling that might compare to seeing a piece print is reading one for the first time and realizing that it was better than you thought.

People always talk about first drafts being crap. I agree completely. First drafts are crap. But they are some of the most beautiful, miraculous crap in the entire cosmos.

God, I love being a writer.

My manuscript
 with roses for added effect
(as if it needed any)

And, by the way (since I can't seem to keep myself from bragging about its existence), my short story is called
Marry Me

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!!! I can totally sympathize with your printer problem. I kneeled in front of mine and Saturday, wishing it not to get paper jammed and run out of ink while printing one of my final drafts.
    Glad to hear you didn't get a ticket.

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  2. CONGRATS Tyler-Rose. What an accomplishment!!! :)

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  3. Congrats, I understand the feeling :D **New Follower** Luv ur blog btw

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  4. Congrats on your accomplishment!

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  5. YAY good job!!! I like the roses for "added effect." You really can't overdo it when it comes to enjoying these things. :)

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  6. Congrats!! Finishing is truly a gift to a writer, and, yes, it's better to have something on that paper to work with, so hurray for first drafts!!

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