This week, in the spirit of morbid curiosity, I did a terrible thing.
I went back and re-read my very first draft of FANG GIRL. Yes, the NaNoWriMo speed-written draft.
Just as well I rewrote the heck out of that thing.
It’s interesting that even with half of the main characters being different, and a radically divergent plot, there are still certain key scenes that survived all the way from first to last draft. Of course, by “survived” I mean “were totally rewritten, but still took place in vaguely similar ways”.
In the spirit of encouraging all those even now struggling with their Crappy First Drafts (for NaNoWriMo or otherwise), I now present to you the Very First Draft Of The Very First Scene, with bonus commentary!