Second draft in progress

20 05 2009

…but are you using the cut and paste keys a little too much? I’m bang smack in the middle of my (official) second draft, so I really related to screenwriter John Pace’s post at The Story Department.

He has some pretty wild ideas to avoid taking the lazy way out, or as he puts it: “…we need to muster the courage to kill our babies, not copy and paste them into another family.”

At an author’s lunch some years ago, author of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts told us he’d (and I’m factual-recall challenged, so I’ll have to be vague!) completely lost at least the first entire draft of his novel or had it taken by prison guards. By the time he wrote the second draft, he really knew his characters and his story! And the results speak for themselves.

An interesting concept. Okay, I’m not taping electrodes to anything or popping into the prison for some quiet writing time, but I do get the point! No cutting and pasting. Aaagh!

elle x




2 responses

20 05 2009
14 04 2010
the cat

You see there is a method, freakyly amazing, incredibly, to my disorganisation. Be ware of the efficient version control – rather let the virus in to wreak beautiful, designful, random havoc on your hard drive – see what remains – and what doesn’t and then….bugger have to start again.

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