You are Alligator Kibble!

3 Feb

Writing scares people.

Heck, writing scares me sometimes. Mostly because, after a certain point, it takes over. You no longer have any control.

It’s kind of like those cute little baby alligators they use to sell in Florida. You know the little kids who went on vacation would buy them and bring them home all excited! I imagine the conversation went something like this:

TOMMY: “O mommy look! A lizard, I want one! I want one!”

PARENT (badly sun burned and jet-lagged): “Huh? Oh, sure Tommy… go on ahead and get that little… uh, lizard?”

TOMMY: “Yeah! I love you forever!” *gives parent a big hug*

PARENT: “Ouch…”

 

Sixth Months Later…

PARENT: “Honey stop thrashing around in the tub! You’ll get water all over the floor!”

TOMMY: “What are you talking about mommy? I’m right here…”

PARENT: (turns around from bathroom door) “Then whose in…”

Bathroom door crashes down

ALLIGATOR: “RAAARR!”

TOMMY & PARENT: “AHHHHHH!”

That is what happens when you start a first draft. It begins as this cute little innocent idea, and then it gets too big to handle and SHA BLAM! The next thing you know your alligator kibble in the bathtub.

Dramatic? Yes. True? Also a yes… in a metaphorical sense of course.

What I’m saying here is that we have to control our manuscripts, kind of like training a puppy.

How do you keep your swamp monster baby of a manuscript from getting out of control? Simple, you plan. Planning is super important. I mean, how are you supposed to keep your gator in the bath tub when you never learned how to wrestle large lizards? You can’t.

This is why you must plan your novel. Planning gives you an understanding of what’s going to happen to this baby gator, and how to keep it locked up in your bathroom.

First off you have to give it sometime to marinate. You must fully understand what you’re getting into. That means: having an idea of how big this things going to get (Knowing your ending and beginning) and knowing how it will get that way, and what to expect in between (how you get from once upon a time to the end). Not knowing this will surely make a mess of things. Don’t be like Tommy’s Mom and not realize what you’ve started until you discover the gator in the tub scenario.

Plot, Plot, Plot, until you can’t do it no more! This will save you tons of time in editing, and it will also ensure that you follow through with finishing the novel and don’t flush ol’ Chompy down the drain to end up as the gator of the Black Lagoon Sewer System.

What I mean to say people, is that pre-planning and understanding the majority of your story before you begin is ever so important. It will help you make it through the middle when you think everything sucks, and will make you so proud when you go through editing and realize you have to do a lot less than what you thought!

Oh and the best part?

You won’t end up as gator kibble.

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5 Responses to “You are Alligator Kibble!”

  1. Shanna Neuser February 14, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    so much fantastic info on here, : D.

    • nkeda14 February 19, 2011 at 3:20 am #

      Thanks! Hope you stop by again soon.

  2. Yaeko Hinsch February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

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    • nkeda14 February 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

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