Monday, October 25, 2010

My Writing Stages a la Robert Pattinson's Hair

Before we begin, congrats to our Pleased To Meet You contest winner, Kristi!!

Oh, and don't forget to stop by this Thursday October 28th @ 9pm for our Awesome Query Chat with the fabulous Elana Johnson!!!


Okay. Now for today's post. This was just a little something I wrote over at my blog, but I thought the OA audience might find it... ahem... useful? 


*crosses fingers*


Without further ado, I give you...



My writing stages a la Robert Pattinson's hair


Confession: I've watched the Eclipse trailer way too many times. It seems everywhere I turn, Robert Pattinson is right there. Not that I'm complaining or anything, but it overwhelms me.

That is, until I see his hair.

Okay, okay... Who hasn't seen his hair, right? There are people who even keep tabs on the darned hairstyles and everything. But I saw it in a different light. Those brown locks that make tweens squeal their throats out made me remember something.

The writing stages of my manuscripts.

Here's what I mean:


First draft: Some writers outline, some don't. My first drafts are a no-man's land. I don't outline, don't plan ahead, just sit down and write. No idea gets left behind. Typos run amok. Once I finish the draft, it looks like this:





Second Draft: I read through my manuscript in order to fix plot holes. Maybe a scene should be cut because it's not right for the tone or the pacing. Maybe my main character is a sweetheart and shouldn't stab that pesky villain after all. Overall, I tackle big picture problems. My second version looks a bit like this:





Third draft: Line-editing begins. Grammar issues? Gone. Passive voice? Hasta la vista, baby. I pay careful attention to how well the sentences flow one after the other. If something feels off or forced, I cut it. The end result is similar to this:





Fourth draft: I edit according to critique partner and beta feedback. They take care of telling me if something rocks or sucks. One beta in particular enjoys asking questions. A LOT. That's cool, though--the manuscript turns out to be stronger because of it. It ends up being tighter, shorter, and less of an eye sore. My baby finally grows into a clean-cut version of what started out as an idea:




There you have it, folks. Robert Pattinson's hair reminds me of writing.

Am I nuts or what?


Now tell me: what do your drafts look like?

19 comments:

  1. Hee hee. Loved this post the first time and even more now.

    My drafts, well I really hate to think what they look like during the stages. But each stage ramps up in a different level of chocolat eating intensity. ;)

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  2. I'm a huge fan of Amparo's Pop Culture Metaphors. You should totally compile these in a coffee-table book.

    My first drafts look EXACTLY like that! Scary how well this metaphor works. ;)

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  3. This post is TOO awesome. :) I think my editing process looks almost identical to yours. Very clever!

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  4. This cracked me up. And yes, my editing process looks pretty much like this. Bravo!

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  5. ROFL!!!! This is the best post EVER on revisions. :D

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  6. Oh my gosh, I found your blog just in time for the laugh of the MONTH! LOL!

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  7. First of all - YAY!

    Second of all - this post lived up to the blog name...brilliant! I love reasons to look at Robert Pattinson's hair!

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  8. Pretty much just like that.
    Clever and fun and how can you go wrong with Rob?

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  9. ha! Love it!!! Any excuse to look at ol'R Patz ;-) My writing sort of follows the same path. First drafts are a disaster...I have to trim and layer A LOT :)

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  10. This is classic. I swear my MS looks like pic #1 until I've gone through it about 10 times. :)

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  11. Thanks, everyone!! I was seriously hoping I wasn't the only one seeing Rob's hair as my drafts :D

    Hope you're all at Hairstyle #4!!

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  12. This was great. I love draft two. Well, your draft two of Rob's hair anyway;)

    Mine are like the chocolate and marshmallow on a smores. First they're all hard in their individual layers and don't mesh together very well, but by the time I reach that final draft, they're all warm and gooey, melted together, and you can't tell where the first draft began and last one was ended. =)

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  13. My drafts are definitely as crazy as No.1 sometimes!

    Great post. :D

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  14. This is very funny, and should be shared with anyone who doesn't realize that his draft is Robert Pattinson's hair #1. That will scare anybody straight.

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  15. This may very well be the best post I've ever read about writing. Nicely done!!

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  16. Wow nice pics...
    Thanks for sharing please keep sharing more :-)
    50 Shades Movie

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