Now that E3 is over, I find myself turning my attention back to my creative writing. I found that I’ve been very inspired to create new projects over the last few weeks and I’ve been brainstorming several. On Friday afternoon, I actually just took a moment and sat at the kitchen table and wrote the “rough draft” of a new short-story (fantasy) that I want to write. I wrote it from the outline I’d written earlier in the year and the drafting process was super easy as well as very rewarding creatively.
Now comes the much more difficult part, drafting a “Working Draft,” which is my terminology for the draft that “shows, don’t tell.” The Working Draft forms the basis of the story that people will be reading. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun to write it, but the as many creative people will tell, the true joy is in the initial creation of the work. The rough draft was pure creativity, but the Working Draft is about evolution and refinement. Often, the success of the project hinges on how well I can translate the passion of the rough draft into the refinement of the Working Draft. This is where characterization, sensory details, imagery, dialogue, setting, etc., all get “set” into place.
So this is my new naming convention for stories that I’m working on. In most cases, I already know what the title is. Project OPaK is just the first letters of the title. I’ve divided the story into three parts (Beginning, Middle, and End) and I will update you when I’ve finished each of the main parts, with a beginning update letting you know when I’ve actually started writing the project. At the end, when I’ve finished Project OPaK, I will continue to do an Author’s Note and give a detailed breakdown of the genesis of the work (how it came into being, what my writing process was for it, etc.). If it gets published in a hardcopy form, I will also try to remember to take pictures of the work and post those pics on the blog (like I did for The Last GunKnight, but forgot to do for other projects). The above picture, while not representative of the actual characters in the story, gives a good idea of the time period and themes that I’m aiming for within Project OPaK.
Here’s to a successful writing project–and a successful summer of developing many more!