Monday, May 16, 2011

The Adventures of SuperAuthor #1: The First Draft

This weekend I finished a first draft of my WIP. All I can say is:


It took me five months and a whole range of emotions to get here. But instead of telling you about it, how about I show you (classic writer technique, eh)? Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, may I present:

The Adventures of SuperAuthor: Defender of the Written Word, Owner of the Snazzy Neurosis-Mobile

One crisp January morning, SuperAuthor woke up with an idea. Scratch that. An IDEA.
She headed to her computer and began to jot things down.

A couple of days later.
 Three weeks later.

One minute later.
Ten minutes later.

Two days later.

One week later.
In an unforeseen twist of events, SuperAuthor received a visit from her old nemesis, Self-Doubt.

Shaken yet defiant, SuperAuthor calmly assessed the situation and drew up a logical plan to defeat the dastardly foe.

Then, one day, she opened up her laptop again.

She began...


She hated the outline, but she slowly trudged through it. Bit by bit. Scene by scene.

She had a mini-celebration when the outline was done.

Day by day.

Scene by scene.

Until one day...

The First Draft Was Done!

She was happy; she was proud. Self-Doubt can eat it!

She decided to set it aside for a few weeks and revisit it again with a fresh eye...

On next week's installment of SuperAuthor...The Second Draft

Two Weeks Later


  1. Ha-ha. SO TRUE!
    Suzanne Lucero

  2. The blank stare after the elation is priceless. And I think I may have seen it all live.

  3. This is hilarious and very timely. I'm at the "one week later" stage of my sequel--ugh! Congrats on finishing your WIP!!! I can't wait to hear more about it.

  4. Hilarious! Just what I needed to read right now. Are you sure there isn't a budding graphic novelist lurking in you?

  5. Oh man, Graig has really outdone himself with the drawings this time - love that side ponytail!

  6. I. LOVE. THIS. You've just summed up exactly how I go about writing a first draft! Please, please keep writing about Super-Author!

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Diana, I'm pretty sure the art world is certain there isn't a budding graphic novelist in me. :-)

  8. MUST. Finish. First. Draft.

  9. I feel your pain… writing tend to do that to us. I wish I could bottle those day when life is so wonderful and the muse is in your corner. That at least would make the other days more bearable.
    I wish you the best of luck, and success.

  10. I love this post so much I want to bake it cupcakes :D Genius.