Writing and Editing

Starting my First Draft

​Today is the day. I’m done with all my brainstorm session and I’m finally starting the actual writing.  At least I will on lunch hour. I just need to come up with three names yet, but I have five hours between now and lunch to get that squared away. I might have the heroine’s name, but I’m not 100% sure that I like it yet. So I just have to come up with the hero’s name and the antagonist’s. I’m not worried about the minor characters as of right now.

Anyway,  I’ve got the setting (at least a couple of basic places. I’ll go into more detail as I write, and I know about what time period). the major plot points from beginning to end are figured out, although I’m not sure about a couple of them. I think I just wrote them to fill the note cards, but we’ll see what happens as I go.

My story as indicated by note cards. Now I just have to fill in the details.
I’ve also got my notebook and pen so I’m prepared that way too. In the past I always had to use the same color pen for an entire draft and it was fine, but this time around I might change colors when I change points of view. (It depends on how far I get this afternoon and if I can find another color pen in my purse).

Getting ready to write.

How do you guys come up with character names? Do you have a favorite website or book that you use? 

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17 thoughts on “Starting my First Draft”

  1. First, hand writing it… Wow, just wow. As for names, that is hard for me too… I tend to use random name generators and play with it until I like the way it sounds. For bit players and minor characters I’m less picky. And for various cultures, I tend to come up with a naming pattern and write it down so I can duplicate it down the line. I do that with speech patterns too, for consistency.

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    1. So do you just Google search “name generator”? And yeah I like to hand write the first draft. A notebook and pen are more portable than a laptop. (As in lighter, will fit in my purse, and less fragile. ) Minor characters are easier for me to name too. 😉

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      1. Is Scrivner free or relatively cheap? I’ve heard good things about it but I haven’t actually used it. Maybe when I get a new laptop I’ll get it too.

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      2. I looked it up online and it was on sale forb $34.99 plus tax. But only through August 8th. I kind of want to wait until I get a new laptop before I commit to it so I don’t have to buy it twice.

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      1. Ooh where did you go? That’s ex 8 that they have two. I haven’t gotten that far yet. (I’m a terrible person I know). It’s in my car so I’ll listen to it on my way home from work around 6 and I’ll tell you when I get home. 🙂

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      2. I started listening to Bon Iver. I only got through the first 4 songs though. I’m not sure how I like it as of right now, but I think it would be an easy band to write to/interpret.

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      3. Ahh yeah, I discovered Bon Iver when listening to a playlist so it grew on me the more I listened to it. I think track 7 is my favourite. Perhaps invest in Spotify at some point. There are some great pre-made playlist for everything!

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