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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Writing down the bones, October 20, 2103

Writing down the bones, October 20, 2013

I’ve recently had the good fortune to read a first draft romance as part of a swap project with my first draft. I quickly realized that things were missing from my swap partner’s manuscript. What wasn’t missing was the bones (the necessary character and scene development). Using this technique, you write each scene you want and quickly. You pay attention to the dialogue and interior monologue but go swiftly or sparingly through what might normally slow some writers down, like research, description, the senses, the who, what, where, why, and when.

How do you write your first draft?
Sometimes you don't have to do any research at all and your work can be a hit! Both my nine and six year old grandsons know the words and sounds to this, this, well see for yourself the most viral video in the world today.


  1. HI Bob..... My first draft goes chapter by chapter. I write a chapter, then edit. Then re-edit that same chapter as I write the next, and so forth.. so that when the book is done, it's done. I don't toss out words just to get a word count. I'm not one of those writers who just type away until the end, then have to go back and rework the entire thing to see if any of those words actually work, or not. If a chapter isn't pretty much exactly the way I want it, I do not move to the next. Short deadlines tend to prevent seat of the pants blurbage. Time counts. Exactness matters.
    That's my 2 cents. *waving*

  2. Yo girl...waving back
    thanks for your comments. I'm much like you in the way i write a chapter, but after my critique gets done....well for me there's always more to change. rarely do they suggest I not write a particular scene, usually it's small stuff.