Standing in the middle of the room, to my left are people milling about waiting for “him” to come on. On my right are people reading books, one particular book, my book.
I sit down, my hat pulled low across my head, hiding my eyes behind sunglasses, because they give me away every time.
My phone buzzes for an incoming text message.
Agent: Where are you?
Me: Milling about with my fans, why, where are you?
Agent: I’m trying to keep the people backstage under control. They think you’re not going to show. They’re going crazy. They got the food you asked for and the tea. They want you to come backstage.
Me: Alright, I’m on my way.
I exit through the front door–my fans never noticing I’d been sitting next to them–make my way to the rear entrance.
A large man who looks as if he worked for the mafia guards the door.
Mafia guy: They’re waiting for you.
He says in a very strong Scottish accent, which I wasn’t prepared for, open my phone–wondering whether I’m in the right place–look at Google maps and think it’s broken until my agent comes out.
Agent: B, where have you been? They’re losing their minds in here.
Me: It’s fine. I’ll start in a couple of minutes and everything will be alright.
Agent: Very well, I’ll tell them you’re here and that they should start getting the stage ready for your speech.
Me: Thanks. I’m going to use the restroom first.
Agent: Whatever, just be ready to go onstage.
The previous story is how I imagine my first signing going, though I haven’t written a published work, I do write every day, and not just blog stuff.
When I think about the writer I am and the things I think about when I’m published it always comes down to this scenario, I’m not sure why.
I’m sure other unpublished writers think about their first foray into signing, readings and speeches, but lately that’s not been on my mind, I’ve just been writing.
When you sit down to just write your mind goes through processes of trying to figure out whether what you’re writing is any good, but that happens when you’ve taken the next day to read through what you’ve read, though I try not to this always happens.
As I write every day, a lot of my thoughts are on the characters I’m writing at the moment and not what comes next.
I write the first draft just full-blown, the second draft starts after my first read-through when I get an idea about what the story is about, who my MC is and what will happen when I clean everything up when I do an outline, which is what comes after my read-through.
I only start the second draft after I understand what’s going on, and why. After my characters are thoroughly in my head, and not leaving there. I set out to discover what my characters are truly like, but thinking like them, talking like them–which is often fun but can scare my kids–and making choices the way they would.
After all this is finished and I have a better idea of things, I start the second draft, it wasn’t always like this.
When I decided to write a novel, I’d start then stop, just to get the opening right. I’ve written two books in ten years and I’ve recently had my eyes opened to a different way of doing things.
This eye-opening wasn’t just induced by meditation, but by reading more subjects and listening to books on tape. Listening to books on tape by a great narrator can help you understand dialogue better.
When I found myself reading books just to see where the story originated or where the MC first chose their path.
These little things have changed the way I write, the way I rewrite and how I perform my day job as well.
Keeping track of the small changes in your writing makes a huge difference in how well you understand your writing and how much you understand your characters and what they want in the story.
On a side not to this post. I’ll be giving away three books the end of September. Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch, On Writing by Stephen King and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. These books have helped me either learn about TM or helped me with my writing and I’ll be giving them away.
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