Have you ever planted flowers from seeds with little kids?
They are so excited to dig holes in the ground all by themselves.
They carefully drop in precious tiny seeds that will miraculously transform into the pictures on the packets.
It all goes terrifically until you have to summon an explanation the next day when you see the same kids quizzically standing over their little garden.
The once proud participation in a cycle of plant life has yielded absolutely nothing.
“Where’s my flower?”
Oh, yeah, that part. Did we forget to explain the part about how long before the roots grow and take hold and the delicate stem pushes up through the dirt to find sun?
Meanwhile there are extremely disappointed kids who worked really hard digging holes and have absolutely nothing to show for it.
“Where’s my novel?” As writers, we also spend a lot of time digging holes, or preparing the ground, and then we sow the seeds of our stories with a whole lot of writing.
Writing, writing and more writing, and as we work on making those words into a novel we find ourselves asking the question: “When will everything I’m doing turn into the picture in my mind?”
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a garden bloom. Blooming for a writer is the first draft.
The first draft is a time to step back and marvel at the story that started as the few seeds of an idea.
Marvel the same way a child will, eventually, at how those seeds turn into flowers just like the picture promised.
The promise of a first draft is there for all of us in every moment we spend writing; every moment we spend turning scraps of paper into more than a pile of words. The act of working keeps us from being that little kid staring at the dirt waiting for a seed to turn into a flower.
Edward Albee said:
“The act of writing is an act of optimism.”
Stay optimistic and keep writing.
Christina for PenPaperWrite
And if that first draft seems illusive there’s one more 60 Scenes Writing Method Workshop for 2017 in Atlanta, GA and just in time before the next NaNaWriMo.
Sign up for the 1-Day Workshop, Saturday September 23rd,
www.60scenes.com Class size is limited to 10