Last week, I read The Thrill of the New and Shiny by Rachel Harris with great interest.
As much as I enjoy rewriting and watching a piece transform, there is an electric joy that comes from a first draft.
And I don’t mean the first draft of the new attempt to get a story right.
Nope. I mean the honest to goodness first draft. For me, not much else compares to creating that initial draft and watching it all come together. Obviously there are times that it doesn’t all come together, but when it does . . . is anything better? Maybe its the glory of discovery and shiny possibility. I’m not sure what causes it, but when I finished the first draft of a new picture book last week, I practically danced my way through the house. Sure, it looked like I was just dodging cats but I was actually dancing.
Part of it may be that this is very different from anything else I’ve written for kids but it is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. The format is also going to be somewhat different from what I’ve done before.
What about you? What’s your favorite?
Starting a new project…
Finishing a draft and typing the end…
Or reworking something…
For me there is something magical about beginning something new and I don’t think that it is just because it is a new manuscript. It is a new topic and a somewhat different format. I am, at least here at my desk, pioneering and exploring all new ground and it is truly amazing.