08 October 2012

No Greater Agony


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 

This is why I draft quickly. I can't stand the agony of waiting to release the story within. 
I'm 35k into my first draft of Dagger Island. I should finish this weekend. 
Have a pumpkin bar on me.

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Happy Writing!

73 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wish I wrote the first draft faster!

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, go Emily! And thanks for the pumpkin bar - always tasty! :D

David P. King said...

Nice! I totally needed to hear this today. Need to pump those words out or they'll never get out. Thanks for the pumpkin bars! :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with the draft. Thanks for the pum[kind bar. I just finished a pumkin scone from Starbucks. Ahhhh ... the seasons have officially changed.

Brinda said...

Thanks. That looks delish. Happy writing.

Tobi Summers said...

Ohh, why did that pretty picture have to show up so close to lunch? I don't even really like pumpkin, but that looks delicious!

Good luck with your draft!

shelly said...

I love pumpkin bars. I've got some in the freezer that I baked a couple weeks ago.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

ilima said...

Wow. Awesome quote. Even awesomer progress on the WIP. I'm the same way! And thanks for the pumpkin bar. YUM!

Johanna Garth said...

Cheers to fast first drafts and pumpkin bars!

Kathryn Purdie said...

I love this quote. I totally agree, but somehow this agony has the opposite effect on me, and I draft slowly in tortoise-like writer pain! :-) You're incredible!!! I can't wait to read Dagger Island!

Cristina said...

you go, girl! I wish I could draft faster. I might be the slowest drafter there is :) but my plan is to plot my next wip, that should help, no? maybe.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

That pumpkin bar looks amazing. Yum! And congrats on your WIP!

prerna pickett said...

go, go, go! Keep it up!

S.P. Bowers said...

Happy writing to you! I'm going to see if I can catch up, I'm only at 15K.

Suze said...

Very impressive, Ems! That was quite fast.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Mmm Pumpkin Bar. You move quick.

Kaylee Baldwin said...

That's awesome! And you have four kids, too. I need your secrets for finding time to write :)

Carrie Butler said...

Woohoo, Empress King! :) Go, go, go!

Suzi said...

This is me too. Once I get going, I want to get it out. It's hard to stop. Then editing takes FOREVER!

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so trying to get my first drafts done quicker. I'm trying a new process with this one, but it's too soon to know if it's working.

Cassie Mae said...

yahoo! I'm a fast drafter too, but yeah... not 35K in like a weekend fast! LOL.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I'm not a fast drafter. Life gets in the way. Yay, for yummy pumpkin desserts.

Angela Brown said...

May this weekend bear you the first "The End" of Dagger Island and may I not gain 5 pounds just from drooling over those delicious looking pumpkin bars lol!!

Donna Nolan said...

Wow, that is awesome. Congrats! I am a fast drafter if I can make my inner editor shut up. If I can keep her quiet I get a lot done.

And I would love to actually have a pumpkin bar right now.

Michelle said...

Mmm yummo.
Wow, you write really fast!
I'm hanging out for NaNoWriMo.

Crystal Collier said...

Goodness, I left blogger-ville for six months and you've got a new look. Very simple, very elegant. I love it! Oh, and way to go on your WIP.

KarenG said...

I am so jealous of you, Emily! I slog through first drafts, they are torture for me, and take forever.

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy writing. :) Drafting seems like it takes forever for me, even if it's within two months. I'm a plotter, so maybe I'd do better with outlines that have greater detail.

Melodie Wright said...

I would LOVE to draft that fast. Alas, free time is limited. Sounds like you and Amy are burning up the keys...

The Golden Eagle said...

That's some fast drafting. Congrats on your progress!

Hope Roberson said...

That's awesome! Good luck :) I wish I could be eating that pumpkin bar and snuggle up with my laptop to write for an hour or two, sounds delicious!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Oh my gosh-- those look SO GOOD!

I wish I were a fast drafter. I just need so much more thinking time! Have fun finishing!

Donna Hole said...

I've been snacking all day; and that pumpkin bar looks goooood.

Hey, congrats on your progress. It takes me forever to write a first draft. Good think I like editing :)

........dhole

Michael Pierce said...

I wish I could crank my drafts out faster. And those pumpkin bars look delicious! I'm suddenly so hungry.

Tammy Theriault said...

That's awesome, Emily!!!!

Samantha May said...

"There is no greater agony than being presented with a pumpkin bar when you want to watch your sweets intake" -Me

:P

I'm jealous of the speed drafters. It takes me MONTHS. Haha oh well. Eventually it gets done, right? :D

Trisha said...

I can definitely relate to this!! I usually race through my rough drafts. It's why I'm generally successful with NaNoWriMo and stuff, I think. :D

Cynthia said...

That looks like a delicious pumpkin bar. Congrats on the progress you've made on your WIP!

Martin Willoughby said...

I know what you mean, though with me it's as much impatience as anything else.

Lan said...

This is 100% how I feel at the moment. I'm a really quick drafter as well. It's the editing that kills me. But I will keep struggling until the untold story is out of me!

Nick Wilford said...

Great to hear you're doing so well! If I get in the groove I can write a lot faster than I used to. I guess NaNo will be my big test. :)

CarrieBoo said...

Wow, way to go, pumpkin! :)

I have to learn to just go for it and not get bogged down by the technial details up front... next time.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You go girl!!! Drafting is my very most favorite part of writing.

Emily R. King said...

David, I hope you got some writing in yesterday!

Ilima, isn't the quote true? I know you suffer from the same agony, you fast-drafter you.

Johanna, cheers!

Prerna, I did 4k last night. Woot!

Suze, thanks. I'm doing it!

Kaylee, umm, no sleep, reading, TV, or anything else "frivolous." Ha! And I write at night after everyone has gone to bed. That helps a lot.

Carol, I hope your new process works for you!

Crystal, aw, thanks!

Michael, aren't they yummy looking?

Tammy, thanks!

Trisha, ditto. We're fellow fast-drafters!

Cynthia, thanks so much!

Martin, doesn't impatience breed agony? :)

Carrie, that's the trick. Don't stop to edit. Just. Keep. Going.

Elizabeth, me too. Revisions on the other hand. Blah. :)

Tara Tyler said...

gobble, gobble
loooove pumpkin!
and who needs nano when your story is pestering you to come out! way to go!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! Wonderful quote . . . awesome writing pace! Way to Go!

J.L. Campbell said...

Man, I wish had that kind of energy for editing. :) Good stuff!

Lisa Regan said...

I totally relate to this. Good luck!

Morgan said...

Emmmmmily...

I'm soooooo stoked for you...

Keep pushing...

You're rockin' it...

michelle said...

That is amazing! You rock!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Oh I'm on a diet. Will the pumpkin bar make me fat?

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Now that is speedy. And the photo is torture!

Angela Cothran said...

You are a rock star! When we get together again will you rub off some of your awesomeness onto me?

Romance Book Haven said...

Congrats on your progress. Shut off your internal editor and write fast is the way to go!

Nas

jaybird said...

Oh, Em, now I want a pumpkin bar bad. And I love that Maya Angelou quote!

Iain said...

Wow! That's fantastic.
I've just realised that I'm a very slower writer. I wouldn't stand a chance at nanowrimo :os

Kelley Lynn said...

I draft quickly too! Ten days to three weeks is how long it takes for my first draft.

And i'll take two pumpkin bars please :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

BEST thing about fall is pumpkin flavored anything. Happy drafting.

Caitlin said...

Wow! That is very impressive. But I will most certainly sit back and enjoy that pumpkin bar while you get about twenty times the work done today as I will over the next few days. I'm a sucker for pumpkin. ;)

Mark Noce said...

I too favor quick drafts, but I've found that the more I write the first time through the better the story will be. So I force myself to write longer chapters, knowing I can always cut them down later. If I get a chapter a week, I'm happy:)

Marcia said...

Congrats on such progress. I just don't seem to be able to draft that fast. Maybe that's why I often find it to be such agony. :)

Susan Kane said...

Excellent speed! Love the pumpkin bars, too. Will have to search for a recipe for some!

Shell Flower said...

Wow. I am impressed with your drafting abilities. It's so fun to get lost in drafting. That's when the creative spirit is the most free. Quite motivating.

*grabs a pumpking bar* "Don't mind if I do. Thanks!"

Reader said...

You. Are. Awesome.
And so inspiring.

Have you always felt the same degree of passion and urgency with each MS you've completed, or have struggles/experiences changed with each one?

Jill

LynNerdKelley said...

Those pumpkin bars look scrumptious! And yay for you with 35,000 words into Dagger Island. Love that title. Woot!

SC Author said...

Ugh, I know! Rushing is what hindered my two manuscripts, so now I'm learning to relax and plot a bit. I just panic because I think someone else out there is writing the same story as me and I need to get mine done before him/her.

I don't like reading classic books over again, in a way, because, as in A Tale of Two Cities, I can't stand a reread; I skip to the end because that's the part I'm dying to relive. In the same way, it's soooo frustrating to write scene by scene, every day, and your MVP scene is so far away....

Melissa Bradley said...

Maybe that is my problem. I have so many untold stories inside me because I self edit alot instead getting it all out in a first draft. Thanks for sharing this, it's just what I needed to read today. :)

Alexandra Lanc said...

It is hard to have the words build upside of you, waiting to get out. I try and write quickly due to this, too.

PS: I'm new here. Nice to meet you!

Alexandra~

Lexa Cain said...

The quote sounds like a teen whose every daily dilemma is earthshaking before they grow up and experience the tragedies of real life. Maya must have had a very uneventful life if that was her greatest agony. No illnesses or family deaths? No divorces or heartbreaking disappointments? The attitude in the quote is a bit dismissive of people whose lives are truly a struggle -- and there are more and more of those every day.

Emily R. King said...

Shell, my creative spirit is loving the freedom!

Jill, this is about my usual pace for drafting. I'm a fast drafter!

Lynn, thanks so much!

SC, I feel the same way! I write all the in between stuff to get to the GOOD stuff.

Melissa, I'm so glad!

Alexandra, welcome! I'm happy to meet another fast drafter. :)

Lexa, wow. How do you really feel about it?

Carol Riggs said...

I totally WANT one of those pumpkin bars! Whoa. The photo may be virtual, but the drool is real!! Best wishes for progress on your first draft--how exciting. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations on your writing progress. The pumpkin bars look really yummy.

Daisy Carter said...

Ooh, I love this! The pumpkin bar, too! Happy drafting, and thanks for stopping by to offer me some words of wisdom! :)

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