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Friday, May 8, 2009

First Draft!


I finished Spring Semester 2009.  YAY!  I also finished the first draft of my screenplay--big sigh of relief.  What a milestone.  Now I need to do the re-write.  I'm excited to redo certain scenes and give them far more punch...yet, at the same time it feels like a huge mountain looming over me.  With my first draft complete, my professor recommended I read the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, especially the chapter called "Sh**** First Drafts" -- Okay, I bleeped out part of it.  She uses a word similar to "poopy."  Here's a quote from that chapter...

She says that many people think great writers sit down and crank out wonderful drafts from the get-go.  "But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated.  I know some very great writers ... and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident.  Not one of them writes elegant first drafts.  All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much.  We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or can even stand her."  (hahaha)

So here's a toast to my First Draft, and now I must press onward to a good second draft and a terrific third draft, right?