Second Drafts and a Glimpse Into the Future

I want to tell you about two different things today, but I promise to be brief.


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Drudging Through the Second Draft

It’s been several days since I worked on my second draft. A family medical emergency and a few other “life” situations took precedence and then I found myself stuck.

I talked before about my main character’s husband and how he needs to have a larger role in the novel. Well, I didn’t know how to make it work. I knew what I wanted from him, but something was missing.

While I had their backstory, it wasn’t complete. I knew how they met and stuff, but I hadn’t delved into the details. So, Saturday night I felt particularly disheartened and decided to do some free writing. What emerged was a more complete picture of my protagonist and her relationship with her husband.

I want to do more. I want to get into their minds and dig around.

It’s amazing what you can learn after the first draft. I knew the process would include rewrites, editing and generally changes things to suit the plot and story. No one ever told me how exhilarating and difficult the task would be.

While I won’t be finished with the second draft by the end of the year as I’d hoped. I do believe I’m on the right track.

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The Role of Judge

At the Ozark Creative Writers conference, I met a delightful young woman and author name Tamara Hart Heiner. She writes YA novels. I bought her first book (haven’t gotten around to reading it yet; so many books, so little time) and had a brief conversation with her.

One of the things I noticed about the conference was the lack of representation of certain genres. On my last day there, I picked up a contest sponsorship form. I didn’t really have anything solid in mind, but wanted to think about it.

It hit me rather quickly once I wound down. There needs to be a Young Adult contest. I contacted Tamara and asked if she would be interested in co-sponsoring and judging. She agreed.

So, for the 2013 Ozark Creative Writers conference there will be a chance for young adult writers to show their stuff.

Young Adult Short Story Contest
Sponsored by Tamara Hart Heiner and Missy Frye
Word count: 1500 to 5000 words
Genre: Any
Requirements: Protagonist must be between 15 and 18 years of age.

The guidelines will be posted on the OCW site in the near future. They are already taking reservations for the conference and I encourage you to attend. Eureka Springs is a beautiful little town and the conference, though small, is educational and fun.

We need more representation from YA, General Fiction, Steampunk, Science Fiction and Adventure authors.

Wow! My brevity abandoned me.

  • Revisions really can be so fulfilling. I’m glad you’re making progress with yours!

    • M. Frye

      Thanks, Annie!