Dream Lands and Drafts
Greetings and Salutations *Explosions happen behind very proffessional looking oak desk, and comfortable looking office chair that I am sitting regally in*, today I’m giving you tips and tricks for your draft, you dreams, and your unearthly schemes.
Most of my schemes are from Mars.
It’s why they’re, you know, out of this world. *Chair and Desk disappears, explosions stop, silence beckons, Guinea Pigs chirp angrily in the background.*
Seriously, though, here are some tips and tricks to turn your dreams into drafts, so you can then take them further!
1. Get a basic idea of what you want your story to look like. In fact, right an exepret for it, imagine what the inside flap, or the back of the book it was in would look like. Write it down. Don’t plot exactly everything that’s going to happen. This is a draft, not the Declaration of Independence.
2. Get the basic idea for characters-but don’t go the whole nine yards. You’re going to find yourself altering your characters, so for right now, just get the basics.
3. Don’t stress about grammar or inaccuracies. You’re going to make mistakes, let it happen. If your proud of your work, keep it.
4. When writing drafts, don’t worry if you like it or not, this isn’t the final draft or copy (I hope), and you’ll probably want to change it a thousand times.
5. Let the draft write you, not the other way around. I know they often suggest to take control of your writing, but I find that it’s easier for me to let my writings just spill out onto the paper. This is a draft, and honestly, your subconscious is probably a better story writer than your real concious.
6. Don’t show the world your draft. I think it’s great to have a close set of people you show it too-but don’t show the world. I’ve seen several stories posted online, and while they’re great, I admit that they make me want to cringe. One thousand writers grading your work would be worst than one writer-specifically because you’re going to try and please everyone, and then get hurt when people find flaws. Find that one person you trust to be honest, but see the good in your writing. (Yep, I’m a hypocrit. I post drafts online, mainly because my editing skills are terrible, and Grammarly is bit more pricey than my monthly allowance of-I have problems with spending small amounts of money on stupid things.)
7. Absorb the world around you. Don’t get to involved in your draft. In fact, by watching movies, books and observing life itself, you may find your story improving, without you even putting pen to paper, quill to paper, chalk to chalk board, or fingers to keys.
8. Don’t touch the backspace unless it’s something you catch right away. If you catch something right away, like a grammar area as your writing the word, or you just finished, than go ahead and try that backspace, espicially if your OCD about dead giveaways like lower case “I’s” and things that are dead giveaways. However, if you catch something from a bit ago, leave it.
9. Avoid over-critisizing people. For the draft, at least, other wise, dude,
“Surround yourself with people who challenge what you think, not nod their head and act like they agree”. Over-crisitizers (which is why you avoid posting drafts online) will hurt you, and you’ll get angry. Like I said, find someone who is open to reading your writing, and willing to see your potential, but is also going to tell you what needs work.
Like me. (I’m serious, my Contact Me page is going up soon, so feel free to use it).
*Adjusts blazer, does hair flip in proffessional manner*.
10. You are the best writer you can be write now.
I went to a writers conference, and when one of the speakers said this, it stuck with me like glue. Your draft was the best you could do at that time, and only you could do it, so that’s pretty dang fine, if you ask me. The world needs your writing, you just have to remember when you look back at your drafts, your writings, and see how they evolved (not in a “came from the mud” kind of way, I mean, seriously, no offense if you believe it, but Darwin took this theory from a guy who also thought his son’s arm was lame, because the boy’s father had an accident and broke it as a child), you were the best writer you could be then, and you will continue to be the best writer you can be, and that’s, pretty Dr.Seuss-y.
So that’s all I have for you ginchy people write now (see what I did there? Yeah? Pretty clever, write?), so make sure you read all my other posts, and stay ginchy. Let me know if my redundant tips helped (seriously, I just realized I repeated myself just to reach 10 tips), and let me know if you have any yourself. Also, like I said earlier, if you need help with anything, want to collab, or do casual talk (don’t expect any adresses, pal), than make sure you use the Contact Me that I will one day post.
Stay Ginchy, and Keep Writing!
Dream Lands and Drafts