When is a 1st Draft a 1st Draft?

I don’t write a writer advice column. An expert I am not. What I am is a writer exploring a fantasy world and working to perfect my process. That process, I expect, will still be perpetually under construction and vary from novel to novel.

Likely a lot of writers can find themselves in the above paragraph, which is why I like to share my experiences. What I’m hoping for is:

That wouldn’t really work for me, but if I changed this one element it just might.


Wait a minute, I thought we had to do it this other way. You mean we don’t?


None of this really helps me, but it does give me an idea for a tweak I can make to my own process.


That Christina Hawthorne, what an idiot.

Okay, maybe not so much the last one, but that’s the risk I run. That’s also why this isn’t advice, but ideas tossed out for the writing-approach salad.

I’ve never been a pure plotter or pantser. Instead, I’d plot a wiggly course down the middle. So, shove that first draft into the drawer? Well, maybe. Kinda sorta. Depends on…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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