(Since I have had a rough week of what I call my “first draft writing woes”, I decided to interview myself, and see if I could talk my way back into some forward action. My male character, the hunky, dominating coach from my current work in progress, came by to help) ;)
First draft woes –
An interview with Coach Jonathan from “Redemption” (Katherine’s current WIP)
Katherine Deane: Thanks for coming by today, Jonathan. I’m having a really tough time with your story, and since you are a coach and trainer for elite athletes, I was hoping you could help me talk out my issues.
Coach Jonathan: I’m happy to help, Katherine. What seems to be the problem?
Katherine Deane: The first draft sucks! It sucks worse than rotten eggs from a Chinese restaurant’s dumpster – after a week of sitting in the hot sun!
Coach Jonathan: Nice analogy. I can almost smell it, based on that vivid description. Are you doing that in your writing?
Katherine Deane: Noooo. (Groans and covers her head) I’ve pretty much just written out everything from my original plan and character arc sheets.
Coach Jonathan: Foundation building, got it.
Katherine Deane: Aren’t you listening to me? It sucks! It’s terrible. I keep hyperventilating every time I try to read through it. (Wraps arms around her chest and sighs pitifully.) I just want to curl into a ball and go read someone else’s awesome story.
Coach Jonathan: (strides over and pushes her down over desk, and lays rapid swats across her bottom.)
Katherine Deane: Ow, ow, ow. What are you doing? Stop! That hurts.
Coach Jonathan: Are you ready to stop the pity party and listen to me?
Katherine Deane: Yes, coach. (Rubs her bottom and winces as she sits back down)
Coach Jonathan: You’re a runner, right? You used to compete a lot before having your children, correct?
Katherine Deane: Yes.
Coach Jonathan: Did you just decide one day, “Hey I’m going to go out for a run today, and see if I can qualify for the military world cross country championships, and then qualify for the Olympic Trials in the Marathon”?
Katherine Deane: No. That’s ridiculous. I put a ton of base building, strength training, and miles under my belt before I could even try something that difficult. It was a lot of work.
Coach Jonathan: Did you roll into a ball, and watch your favorite runners do their thing, instead? Did you give up?
Katherine Deane: No, sir! I am not a quitter!
Coach Jonathan: What did you do, sweetheart?
Katherine Deane: I created you, and you damn well know I hate being called words like that. Don’t call me “Sweetheart”. And in answer to your question, I worked my ass off every day, until I achieved my goal.
Coach Jonathan: There’s the fire I was looking for. (Winks and gives a huge smile with perfectly white teeth). You know how to build a foundation. You know it’s not going to be easy. And as you have just demonstrated, you are not a quitter. So what are you going to do now?
Katherine Deane: Um, remind myself that it’s first draft, and it’s supposed to suck?
Coach Jonathan: (nods)
Katherine Deane: Keep going; fix what I can; ask for a friend to read it through and give suggestions…
Coach Jonathan: And?
Katherine Deane: (stands and pulls herself to her full five foot two height and glares at him) I’m going to finish your story, and people are going to love Wren, and swoon over you and your dominating ways.
Coach Jonathan: Good girl. Remember, it’s just a foundation. You continue to build from there. I know you can do it. (Gives her a hug) But if you need any more incentive, let me know. I have a paddle, Benwa balls, ginger root, and a lot of experience motivating little rebels who need an extra push.
Katherine Deane: Thanks. I needed that. Okay, you get back to training Wren. I want her ready for the big gymnastics circuit next week.
Coach Jonathan: My little rebel was born ready. Keep up the great work. (Smiles and walks out Katherine’s office)
Katherine Deane: (winces as her bottom rubs against her not cushioned enough, office chair) I have got to stop giving my heroes such hard, paddle like hands.
All right, first draft, let’s see what we can do with you…
*** (Thanks for stopping by!) *** :)