First, Thank you everyone who commented while I was gone, sent well-wishes and turned green with envy. :-) I had an awesome time in the Keys, and am now browner, blonder, and more freckled. :-)
So, we've all had a first manuscript. Have we all made the same mistakes with it?
My first, unfinished manuscript lays forlorn on my computer drive. Over the course of two years I refined this 30,00-word plotless morass of backstory.
How I loved my first story! (that I wrote as an adult)
But eventually, as I fumbled through it, I realized that it was directionless, that something was seriously wrong.
Now I know that my attempt at writing a full length novel failed for obvious reasons. The story has no genre (think YA, women's fiction, romantic suspense, LOL), it's filled with backstory and meaningless conversations. And yet, I feel like I learned so much just from sitting down and daring to dream a story.
What does your first attempt at writing look like? What did it teach you?