They aren’t sure yet. The new slide has a curve and its unfamiliarity overrides the exciting prospect of a breath-stealing rush down its slippery surface.
I feel a little of that uncertainty as I contemplate a shiny new story idea. It hasn’t quite gelled yet and I hesitate to take off into unknown territory. What if the urgent words pull me off track? First drafts can be like that – a headlong dash that sometimes aborts with a whimper.
A little experimentation is called for – a few different approaches explored. Not plotting, but maybe a bit of pre-planning, trying out the options.
And then impatience lends confidence and the ride begins! The first draft is a time to let go of inhibitions and let faith take over. For a writer there is nothing quite like the exhilaration of getting a first draft down on paper.
I suspect my granddaughters know a little of that same feeling.
What does starting a first draft feel like to you? Does it involve dread or anticipation?
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