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#FirstDraft60 Day 6 – Sunday Reflections

Sunday, September 6, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comOn Sundays, we’re going to take a moment to step back and think about our writing from a wider view. In order to do that, I’ll post some guided questions—feel free to answer them here with as much or little detail as you’d like; or answer them on your own blog or on Facebook. Or just write the answers down in a private journal or notebook. The important thing is to actually think through and write down your answers.

Reflections for Day 6

1. How long have you been writing?

    Things to think about:
    How old were you when you first started putting your story ideas down on paper?
    How old were you when you completed your first novel?

2. How many novel-length manuscripts have you completed? What have you learned by completing manuscript(s)?

    If you’ve never actually finished one, how close have you come? Why haven’t you ever been able to finish one? What will it mean to you to finish a manuscript draft?

3. Why did you start writing?

    If this is your first attempt at writing fiction, what makes you want to do this?

4. How do you think participating in this challenge and completing a first draft of this particular story will change you?


I look forward to seeing your answers and will be posting mine soon.

  1. Monday, September 7, 2015 2:39 pm

    I’ve been writing for 50 years, and I completed my first “novel,” when I was 8 or 9. Of course, it wasn’t very long or very good. Neither were the two I wrote in my teens. In terms of what an adult would call a finished, crafted novel…not till I was in my 40s. Since then, I’ve completed nine novel-length manuscripts; 7 have been published. I’ve also written three books of devotions.I derailed my writing career a couple of years ago, and I’m trying to reboot…which is why I’m doing this challenge.

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  2. Lisa Jarvis permalink
    Monday, September 7, 2015 8:45 pm

    Day 6 – Sunday Reflections – On Monday 
    1. How long? Creative writing was a favorite subject of mine in school. I remember enjoying the stories the whole class would create in first grade. I have been writing short stories and journaling personal thoughts since I could write. I have not completed a novel. I turned 48 in April. I hope to complete my first novel at 48.
    2. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The one I’m working on now is my first attempt. I hadn’t attempted one before because I was just too tired and had no time. I had a demanding job and couldn’t commit the time or energy to a project of this magnitude.
    3. I want to write a novel because I have always wanted to write one. I have characters and stories in my head that are nagging me to get on paper. I have always loved reading. Found adventure and comfort in books. Been in awe at how characters from books become real people to us. I want my characters to become real to others. I need to write their stories.
    4. I’m not sure how it will change me but I can’t wait to find out.


  3. Carol permalink
    Friday, September 11, 2015 1:46 am

    I started writing in 3rd grade. Almost got expelled from school in 5th grade because I named the victim of the murder mystery story I wrote for a class assignment after my teacher. In my mind it was a tribute. She didn’t appreciate being killed off.
    I have two novel length rough drafts completed. My NaNoWriMo story from last year is what I’m working on during this challenge.
    At this point I don’t know why I started writing. But I do know that I’ve tried to give up on writing many times without success. It’s something I have to do.
    I’m actually rewriting the story I wrote last November for Nano. I think that garbled mess is actually two or three stories. So I’m pulling out one story and completing it. I think this exercise will give me confidence to keep pushing.


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