Today has been a good day for refocusing. I was on twitter chats #writecraft and #storycraft and the topics were first drafts. As most chats end up going, it went down other paths but the main topics were first drafts and first chapters.
One of the questions was: What tools do you use to get into the Zone?
Another question was: Are emotions necessary for being in the Writing Zone?
A third question was: How do you turn off the internal editor and should you turn off the internal editor in the first draft?
There were a number of great points and questions raised. The great thing about these chats are the wealth of information us writers can be for each other. Each of us has a unique spin on the craft of writing and the writing life. Each of us, whether published or unpublished, have at least got through a first chapter and many have full first drafts completed.
So today I am going to ask you these questions which were raised in today’s chats:
- How important is a first chapter? Do you believe a book rests on the first chapter?
- Do you think a first chapter must have an immediate active element or immediate conflict?
- Which tools do you use – Music/Software/Stationery/Surroundings/Time of Day – to get yourself into the Creative Zone?
- Do you feel that the key to being in the Creative Zone is emotion – whether controlled emotion or the release of emotion?
- How do you turn off the internal editor?
- Should you turn the internal editor off during first draft and if so, how do you do this?
- Do you outline the first draft before writing it?
So the questions are given to you? What are your secrets for first chapters and first drafts?
What other tips can you share with me and the readers of this blog?
Post any tips or queries regarding first chapters and first drafts here…and lets get a discussion going.
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- Why I write the last line first (inktuition.net)
- 1st Draft Doubt (inthewritemind.wordpress.com)
- Focusing On Writing Despite Distractions (birthandanovel.wordpress.com)
- Avoiding the Rewrite (sunflowerdiva.wordpress.com)
- A Writer’s Favorite Question (sfgate.com)