Welcome to Firstdraftland

Guess where I am. I’m down here where anything seems possible. Where the words flow—you hope—and the pages multiply—please—and you’re so deep into writing this novel you couldn’t stop if someone dragged you away by the hair, which would hurt, sure, but you’d lose a few hairs over it, it’s your novel.

It’s fun down here. Look at all the colors. The soundtrack is yours to select and I’ve got the same song on repeat and no one can stop me! Down here, it never rains unless you want it to and then you get drenched. We have sparklers. We have rainbows. We have ponies. We have all the time in the world (not really, but we pretend). You can be hella genius in your own mind down here because no one’s read what you’ve written yet. You can be the next Maureen Johnson or the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Or you can just be yourself, because down here that’s enough. Down here, you’re someone. You matter. You make perfect sense. Your run-on sentences are to-die-for, darling. Down here, you can say anything you want and go anywhere you want and no one’s going to yell at you to put on some shoes.

Down here, this novel is the best thing you’ve written ever. It is good. It is good. It is good. Keep telling yourself that, it works. Down here, you truly believe that just maybe it’s actually sorta good.

Go with it. The doubts and self-loathing and people calling you names and pelting you with tomatoes will come later.

Down here, everyone still loves you. The dozen red roses and the breakfast in bed and all the rest. Really, it’s so nice down here why would anyone ever want to leave?

So here I am, writing my first draft. I want to write to the end of the book by December so I can have fun line-editing and revising myself into oblivion. (A whole other level of existence I’m looking forward to reaching.)

I know some of you are down here with me. First drafts by the end of 2009. I have at least 40,000 words left to write. Who else?

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9 thoughts on “Welcome to Firstdraftland

  1. weltschmerz July 5, 2009 / 9:13 am

    I love it down there! I hope to be there again soon. Maybe we can have a party.

  2. Victoria Schwab July 5, 2009 / 9:17 am

    I’m down here too!

    *brings cupcakes, sits down beside you*

    I’ve got almost 40k left to go on my first draft of my new project, too 🙂

  3. Heather July 5, 2009 / 9:41 am

    Me! Totally there. More like 75 – 90k words left, but getting there!

  4. e July 5, 2009 / 10:40 am

    Down here we all float…

  5. Martha Flynn July 5, 2009 / 11:13 am

    I am unfortunately in the much less exciting Revisionland. I do hope to visit with you all soon!

  6. courtney July 5, 2009 / 12:38 pm

    Aaah, it’s so pretty and shiny and sparkly and new and beautiful.

    I can’t wait to join you guys. Hopefully soon. 🙂

  7. Annika July 5, 2009 / 2:49 pm

    I am NOT writing a first draft, but if I was I would be aiming for 30k and I already have 3k so I estimate that I need 0k more. So I’m done. Yay!

  8. cynthiariede July 5, 2009 / 6:39 pm

    Beautiful post…

    I’m down there, too. Hoping/aiming to get the 1st draft done by, yes, Dec 2009.

    Cheers!

  9. The Querulous Squirrel July 8, 2009 / 10:19 am

    What happened to all the people who find writing even the first draft difficult and painful? Am I the only one?

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