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My #1 Rule of First Drafts

Today we welcome Tosca Lee of Lincoln, Nebraska. Tosca is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon, Havah, and the Books of Mortals trilogy with Ted Dekker. Her new thriller, The Progeny, was released May 24, 2016.  A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. Learn more at www.toscalee.com.

I’m a second or third draft writer. That’s the point in the process when I get to see what kind of clay I’ve really got on the wheel, can crimp the edges and pull out the high points, and make the dire ones worse. When I’ll stay up twenty hours straight and, after just enough sleep to feel more tired, go at it again. I routinely beg for more time from my editors not because I’m slow (well, I might be) but because I’m having fun. But that first, initial draft? It’s ugly.

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The Gremlin House

The Gremlin House

The Gremlin House

Last week I spent in a cabin in the Sandhills of Nebraska, along with my husband who was attending Bluegrass Camp. After breakfast, he would grab his banjo and mandolin, and head off to play a little Ralph Stanley or Guy Clark, while I stayed behind to write.

The cabin we rented is located on Pine Creek, and mornings I sat with pen and paper on the porch, the creek murmuring below, the breeze stirring the leaves of cottonwood and willow. From time to time I looked up to the sound of a wren or robin, sometimes even the gobble of a turkey strutting along, his head jutting forward and then back, gobbling and looking for company. Cottonwood fluff drifted down to the water, dragonflies darted, and if you looked long enough, you would see brown trout nosing along the creek bottom. It is quiet, idyllic, a place to let the mind wander.

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