Just How Bad Was Your First Draft?
More from Mr. Abercrombie. Today he tackles the question of how bad was his first draft of The Blade Itself:
Full Story: HEREAs George points out, I’d actually had a lot of the ideas for the First Law for a very long time. Some of the characters and settings go back well into my childhood. I first tried to make some actual prose writing out of all that mass of stuff shortly after leaving university in … er … 1994, would you believe, mostly as an exercise to practice my touch typing (employable skills, and all that). It was mannered, it was adolescent, it was cheesy, it took itself way too seriously, it was not very good. And there was no Glokta in it, either. After writing three or four chapters, I gave up, though the ideas still kept bubbling away in there.