Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fast writing

My brain has been working way too fast to match up with my speed typing. It feels like my mind is already telling me the middle of the story and yet my fingers are still typing the beginning of it. So I decided to try the good old fashioned way of writing—using a pen and paper. I use shorthand. I scribble the ideas and main points. Things that are important or what the chapter is about and keep on going. Before I knew it, I actually finished a draft. Of course, when I start transferring it on Word, I’ll end up changing or adding stuff to it. But the fact is, I finished my draft.

I remember doing this years ago when I wrote my story, My Own Knight, which Red Rose Publishing published as Wicked Knight: Knight Brothers Series. I wrote this story in my composition notebook that I carried with me most of the time. It worked and, yes, it worked again. Both times I accomplished the hardest part of writing (in my opinion) a story—finishing a draft.

I don’t know how many of you are still doing this, but it got me to thinking. I should do this with my all of my unfinished drafts. Not only does it give me a sense of accomplishment, it’s also a good reason to stay off the internet. At least for a while. : ) See, I blame the internet for my slow progress. Each time I sit down to write, that big  blue E beckons me to click it. And if you’re an internet surfer like me, you know how fast you can lose your self in that big wide world of Internet.

So now that my draft is finished, I feel inspired and have a renewed interest in getting it out to my publisher before the end of June. A new goal! Yey!

By the way, I received an awesome review from Dark Diva Reviews that made me sit back and think. Could this be the sign that I am ready to try a bigger publisher? Here is the link to the review.

Capture Rated 5 Delightful Divas and a Recommended Read----“Ms. O’Malley’s masterpiece, Passionate Bid, is absolutely freaking fantastic.”—AJ, Dark Diva Reviews





Michelle G said...

Congrats on finishing your draft and good luck in meeting your June goal. :)


Tierney O'Malley said...

Thanks Michelle. I will post an update on my progress. : )


MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott/Kate Davison said...

I've done this for years. Or if I have a particularly hard scene that just doesn't seem to want to come out an play. It's a good system, and a very portable one.

I really do this more with novels than novellas.

Congrats on finishing.

Tierney O'Malley said...

Kat, finishing a draft is really inspiring. Honey I'm Yours is a novel. With my handwritten draft, transferring the story into word is pretty swift because I have the ideas for each chapter written down already. Love it.

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