On First Drafts – Rebecca Audra Smith

Becca Audra On First Drafts

First Draft

At our Poetry Special next week, we’re asking some of our favourite poets to read us a truly ‘first draft’ poem; something they’ve never shared in public before. While we wait anxiously, one of our performers, Rebecca Audra Smith, gives us a guest blog on the nature of first drafts…

There is novel sitting on my laptop in a file named Crackle. It is a first draft. I wrote it as part of NaNoWriMo (Write a novel in November, of all months…). Word Count: 50,000. I was a ‘winner’ in 2012, writing it in one intense burst of writing.

Courtesy of Hay House Writer Courtesy of Hay House Writer

I planned it thus, there would be 15 characters, the first part would be a chapter of each character, and the second part would be the second chapter of each character. In the second part I began killing off my characters as is traditional in…

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The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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