Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I started writing the first draft of book 2 of my mermaid/selkie series. More lovingly referred to as The Sea Monster Memoirs.
That's not the insane part.
At RWA one of my roomies attended a panel about writing your first draft in 2 weeks.
No, that's not a typo. 2 weeks. Twenty pages a day. Do or die.
The theory is that the draft will be pure crap, but the obsessive creation process will kick in somewhere during week one and you will become a lean mean writing machine.
So a few of us started yesterday. And failed.
I proudly wrote 12--almost 13 pages. (Woot!)
But I assure you, most of it is crap.
Here's where I dive even deeper into the sea of insanity...
3 of those pages were for a totally different book. My new shiny idea that has nothing to do with the ocean, or sea peeps. (Quite the opposite actually.) And it's in present tense.
My other manuscript is in past tense. Yup, slap a sticker on me...My name is Crazy.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have an insanely great week.


  1. I can't believe you wrote 12 *ahem* almost 13 pages in one day. I can barely discipline myself to write 1 page. You are DISCIPLINED. The Disciplined Writer Award goes to Karen Amanda Hooper!

    Psst.. I heard that all writers have horrible first drafts...Muahaha. Am I not evil?

  2. I admire your insanity. In the quest for crazy/awesome, you are my hero.

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  4. You silly girl, but if it produces results I guess you can say you were right to do it. I don't know how, or if I could kick out 13 pages in one day.

  5. That's my favorite way to write a first draft. :-)

  6. So impressed. I don't think I've ever written that much in a day.

  7. I bow to you. For me to get to 12 pages in one day, it would have to look like this:

    "Well?" he asked.
    "What?" she replied.
    "What do you mean, 'what'?" he said.
    "Meh," she sighed.
    "Nevermind," he said.

  8. 12 pages is still a whole lot. Keep it up with your insanity! All the best writers are. :)

  9. Type away, let the words connect and hold hands.

  10. wowzers. almost-13 pages is A LOT. i might try this crazy method. i am trying to write a novel but really the size of the challenge scares me. perhaps bashing it out would be the best way... best wishes, love. x

  11. Oh sheesh. 20 pages? That's ludicrous. Heh. And undoable for me. I know that for sure. lol

  12. That's awesome--13 pages! Hooray! And yes, I believe first drafts should be written like that. My best ones have been written in under a month.

  13. Good luck with your first draft! I like first drafts--they always have so many surprises!

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :) http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

  14. Wonderful! Awesome!
    Insanity rocks!!


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