“The first draft of anything is [not always] shit,” but most things can turn into crap if not properly cared for.
I hope Hemingway doesn’t come back from the grave to poke me with a fleshless finger, and yell, “I know you didn’t stick a ‘not’ in my fantabulous quote, woman!” Although, it would be pretty awesome to meet a minimalistic zombie, wouldn’t it?
Don’t get overexcited, my Wicked Luvs, this post is not about Hemingway going fleshless, but about the first draft of “The Haunting,” existing in some kind of limbo. Did you notice that the environment of the story is a little bare? There is no real sense of vegetation, weather conditions, world rules… I need to write those in. I also need to fill many glaring holes.
But there is rationality behind my latest surge of madness, “The Haunting” is an experiment inspired by Gina, from Daydream Believer. She doesn’t know this yet, but I hope this post tells my dear friend how much I appreciate her influence and admire her work. Gina’s stories are told with brush, pencil, colors, canvas, paper… yes, she is a painter who loves to share her creation process—mistakes included. In her blog, Gina also shows how she corrects slipups.
The last two sentences were what motivated me to share one of my short stories from beginning to end. So yes, my Dark Fiction Loving Darlings, what you’ve read of Luna and Leo is my very first draft of their story. It is raw. And to keep my OCD from wanting to edit, I forced myself to write each part the same day it was to be published.
When you read the polished story, in a couple of weeks, it will be tighter—I hope!—and it will probably have a different feel to it. Seriously; a tree or two, architectural clues, streets, and reasons why a couple of crows won’t stay quiet, can do wonders for a story.
I plan to publish “The Haunting,” along with the results of “Being a Drake,” on Amazon and perhaps Smashwords as part of my final project for a digital publishing course. I think I’ll title the twosome, “Tales of Pre-Chaos,” for I’m planning to write more short stories set in the same place, and my work in progress, Under the Witch’s Skin, develops in the same world.
That’s enough about my creative rambling. I would love to know your thoughts about sharing ideas when they are still in the raw. How do you feel about showing your babies in their unruly—and not always so pretty—early stages?
By the way, just so you know, some elements of the first draft might not make it to the final story. For the editing and rewriting process involves the unsavory matter of having to “murder [one’s] darlings.” In Gina’s sage words, “To get from “ruined oil pastel sketch” to “Mixed media Goddess” you got to get nasty!!!”