A creative combination
or mixing of content
from different sources.
Now that many of you have finished your Nanowrimo novels, (or for any other novel that needs some rework,) this is an excellent article on how to work through what Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird, calls the “shitty first draft.” I like to think of first drafts as the seeds to a flower, eggs to a chicken, a trickling stream to the Grand Canyon. Oh, forget it. You get the picture. Three Ways to Work Through a Difficult First Draft was written by guest blogger, Christi Craig, on Suzannah Windsor Freeman’s Write It Sideways.
Kristen Lamb’s blog post, Is Your Novel a Spineless Weakling, was another good follow-up for Nanowrimo, and one of the best articles I’ve read on the necessity of an antagonist in your novel. In Broken Dolls, there are two antagonists — Society, and Mama. Who is your antagonist? (Big newsleak: Watch for news of a guest appearance by Kristen Lamb at a future Ozarks Writers League meeting!)
And, if you are having a tough time even coming up with a “shitty first draft,” here are a couple of links with writing prompts:
I’ll close this week’s mashup with a quote by Elmore Leonard, who defined the difficulty of editing in a deceptively simple way:
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”