Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday MAY-hem and First Draft Euphoria

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Well hello my bloggie friends! Feels like it's been forever and I sure have missed you! But I needed some time off to finish up my current first draft.

You could say I'm experiencing a bit of first draft euphoria, and I'm well aware of its dangers. First time I heard the term was at a SCBWI regional workshop, when bestselling YA author Nancy Werlin explained she was in the middle of it with a WIP, when a CP (critique partner) made a list of all the things that weren't working and burst the "euphoric" bubble.

That's about where I am. Just sent my story off to my CP, and even though I'm in love with it, I have no doubt there's much to be fixed, revised, nipped and tucked. So as I wait to receive all those red ink revisions, I'll be hopping around visiting blogs, seeing what everyone's up to ....

Then it's back to the writing cave.

As of today, I have approximately 4 weeks til school's out for summer and my precious writing time ceases to exist. So I'll be milking May for all it's worth.

My posts will be sparse this month, but I'll have some great info up for you towards the end. And in the meantime, I wanted to share some new releases:


From Brandon Ax, a YA urban fantasy. Click on the cover to purchase from Amazon.



From James Garcia, a paranormal romance. Click on the cover to get to Facebook HDQ and find the release party!




And from D.J. Swykert, a murder mystery thriller. Click on the cover to get to Amazon for purchase details!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be posting again later this month, but in the meantime, I'm looking forward to hearing from you and seeing what you've been up to on your blogs.


Are you familiar with any of these titles? Are you a victim of First Draft Euphoria? Ready for the new Star Trek in theaters this Friday?? How's your May going? Spill it all in the comments ....

53 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to all the authors!
I never think that much of my first draft to begin with, so no bubble to burst. Don't worry, PK, yours will come back better and stronger.

Karen Walker said...

First draft euphoria. Love that term. I'm into second draft blues. I have some tedious work in front of me that I don't enjoy because it's hard.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out, my friend. I really appreciate it. Best of luck with those edits, and with all that's left of your month.
Have a good week!

-Jimmy

Mama J said...

Well done on getting through your first draft. I hope the bubble isn't burst too much!

M.J. Fifield said...

I've experienced the first draft euphoria, but I always have that voice in the back of my head saying "Remember it's a first draft. It's supposed to be not awesome..."

Congratulations to all your featured authors!

S.K. Anthony said...

Never heard that term before, love it! "First draft euphoria" For me it mostly means I can finally sleep lol

Congratulations to all the authors :)

Rachel said...

I think I had that euphoria with my first and second books, but not so much with my third. I was in the query trenches (with my second ms) while I wrote my third ms, so that probably explains it. :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Never get that feeling, more like Eyore in Winnie The Pooh, always sees problems ahead. :0)

Barbara Watson said...

That's so interesting -- first draft euphoria. I don't get it at all. In fact, as I draft, I repeat to myself over and over again, "First drafts can stink, first drafts can stink." Permission to leave the draft as is and revise later. With that said, I do still love my stories and characters; I just know there's so much further to go in revisions.

Johanna Garth said...

Exciting for all those authors.

And I hear you on savoring writing time before school gets out. I'm wondering just how far I can get on the new WIP before the kids put their brakes on it.

Brandon Ax said...

OH I feel you on the euphoria, sometimes I'll sit with it for a just a while because that bubble bursting can be painful.

Thanks for the support :).

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great you're realistic about the first draft. Good luck getting a lot done this month.

LD Masterson said...

I have a bad habit of editing as I write so by the time I get to the first draft of my ending, I'm on the fifth or sixth draft of my beginning. Cuts down on the euphoria a bit.

Enjoy the bubble then get back to work.

William Kendall said...

I'm deep in final read throughs at the moment, which has been somewhat derailed in recent days.

Considering the A-Z series from last month, it's entirely understandable that you'd be taking a break from it for a few days.

And James Garcia's book really seems to strike my interest...

T. Drecker said...

Congratulations to getting the 1st draft done! Actually, I thrive on the critiques - editing euphoria. Hope you get tons of writing done in the next weeks (vacations are writing killers ;))

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

"First draft euphoria"... I never heard that expression before, but it's the perfect description, isn't it?

Enjoy your euphoria, doggone it. Yeah, you've got more work ahead, but getting a first draft done is worth celebrating. Revel in it!

SA Larsenッ said...

So happy for you that you've finished that first draft! I'm still mucking away at mine, only 5 chapters in. Blah...this one has been so slow going. I need to finish the first draft before the kiddos start summer break. That gives me 4 weeks. I need to get writing!!

Bask in your euphoria!

Jeff Hargett said...

Congrats on finishing that first draft. Revisions or not, the euphoria is well-earned, so enjoy it fully.

Zoe Byrd said...

congrats on the first draft! I maay be on my 17th or so...It hasnt been Euphoric but I do know I am finishing the final edit. I would kill for some time to be able to do it. Enjoy May while you can!

Zoe Byrd said...

How was camping?

Old Kitty said...

Lovely PK!!! Yay for finishing your ms and sending it off to be critiqued!! I know you'll do FINE!! Good luck and keep at it!!! Good luck for May too - you go and milk every last writerly drop for all it's worth!! Yay!! take care
x

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats to all the authors releasing books!
Yes, I've had first draft euphoria, but it usually happens as I get hyped up writing the climax. And then I'm so thrilled to be done! Yippie! I glory in it for about a day before I realize I have many more months of revising ahead. Blergh...

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Lovely to have you back.
Congrats to all the authors hoping their books will be successful.

Yvonne.

mshatch said...

You finished your first draft? I'm so jealous. I still have like two chapters to go and then I'll be there...

Susan Kane said...

My gr-kids told me they have 22 days of school left!

Star Trek...can't wait...can't wait! I will pre-buy the tickets, I think.

Donna Hole said...

I always celebrate getting a first draft completed. I don't mind editing and revising, but I hate the amount of work in the first draft.

Congrats on finishing.

.....dhole

Nick Wilford said...

I think there could be worse things than first draft euphoria, sure there probably might be mistakes but at least the enthusiasm and love for your story is there! Congrats on finishing your draft.

fOIS In The City said...

PK, congrats on finishing a draft. I tend not to get too excited about them since I know that the way I write they are truly a first step. Good luck to all those authors :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Hey, PK, were we in the same workshop? I took a woekshop at the NESCBWI conference last year. It was so helpful hearing a published author's process and obstacles and progress.

michelle said...

I don't know why, but I always imagined that first draft euphoria only existed amongst newbies, since the writing veterans know very well that the first draft is supposed to be awful!?
Those books sound great PK!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh my goodness, all of those books look awesome! Why oh why can't I have a time stopper so I can read to my hearts content?

I know what you mean about first drafts. I actually hate them because of the bubble aspect. I anxiously look forward to the fifth or seventh draft when things start to really smooth over. Here's a cheese shield to protect you from spattering bubble.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I look forward to the end of school, but I'm also aware of how hard things are to get done with a house full of kids. Ahh!

Robin said...

I suffer first draft euphoria. It's what keeps me writing the dang thing. I'm jealous you met Nancy Werlin. Impossible is one of my all-time favorites.

Best of luck getting all you can out of May!

Al Diaz said...

Congratulations on finishing your draft! I'm so very jealous. I should also barricade the cave and finish that manuscript but things keep happening and getting in my way. Keep on going!

E.J. Wesley said...

Good luck with the revisions, PK! We all know that's where the real writing begins, but it doesn't make it feel any less daunting. :)

I LOVE that Elemental cover btw. Gorgeous art. :)

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft!

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Emily R. King said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft! Isn't it the best feeling? I LOVE drafting. Might be my favorite part of writing.

Mina Burrows said...

Awesome news. First draft feelings are the best! :)

T C Mckee said...

Helloooo! I've been tucked away myself, and yes, writing euphoria, I totally get. It's just usually short lived. LOL. I can hardly look at the color red. Seriously though, I'm sure you'll be fine! I have all the faith. Thanks for the book linky's. I like! And we all understand the MIA moments. God knows that's my status most of the time. :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Hi PK,

I hope you get your work done before the school holidays. Best of luck.

Maria

J.L. Campbell said...

Happy for you. Rest up for the editing to come! I've come across Seeing Ghosts a time or two.

Beth said...

I just had the opposite experience. I sent off a draft I was terrified of and the next day got praise with some minor fixes.

Mark Murata said...

I have a friend who was proofreading a manuscript, but she just got a job, so she may not have time anymore. But good for her.

Mina Lobo said...

I've seen the "Seeing Ghosts" cover on other blogs - it's pretty gorgeous and intriguing! Am looking forward to Star Trek as well...though I didn't realize it'd be out so soon! :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on finishing your first draft!

I didn't even believe in or understand the whole concept of a first draft for many years. Now I understand the importance of editing and revising.

DL Hammons said...

As a matter of fact I'm headed into the writing cave this week after a couple months removed from 1st draft euphoria! Geronimo!!! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My kids are off school in 5-6 weeks, which means I'm working like crazy to finish outlining my WIP, finish my next round of edits after getting them back from my freelance editor, and writing my first drafts before my writing time is greatly diminished. *starts panicking*

I usually have the first draft euphoria, but it only lasts until I start my edits.

Melissa Sugar said...

I love the phrase, "First draft euphoria", it has such a nice ring and roll off the tongue. Congrats on completing it. I just started a second blog and I'm beginning to think I'm crazy. With the kids getting out of school and another round of revisions coming up, I don't know what I was thinking. Best of luck.

Tammy Theriault said...

i won't tell everyone how amazing your first draft is...they might get mad...but i have seen the amazing-ness!!!

Kittie Howard said...

Congratulations to all the authors! And big applause for you for accomplishing so much. I have a feeling your CP will have good things to say. Worry not!

And I'm sorry I haven't been by much but I've been chasing my tail, balancing my WIP and getting into the chute for our move to North Carolina. Oh, where does the time go?

Forgot: I had the spam problem. Alex suggested I turn off anonymous comments and have comment approval after four days. It worked! Yay, Alex!

nutschell said...

never heard of first draft euphoria, but I"m sure I've experienced it! :D

Good luck with your revisions and thansk for all the recommendations.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Editors At Work said...

Thanks for posting about all these new releases, PK!

And wow! First draft is always something to celebrate as it is there and all it needs is editing now!

I find that when I change my blogs settings to 'Registered Users only' for commenting, I combat the spammers to a manageable level!

Nas

Leslie S. Rose said...

First draft euphoria is a new one for me - love it. It's those "rushes" that keep me going back to the keyboard.