Every story has its beginning, and it’s often a sloppy one.
I am a fan of the “literary” writing style.
Distinctions of this style might be the use of heavy description, a deep character point of view, and beautifully crafted word pictures I can smell, see, and sometimes hear.
Though when an unpublished writer informs me they are a literary writer, inside I groan. All too often this presents itself in wordy unedited material containing adjectives in abundance.
Mauve Binchy, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Anthony Doerr are good examples of masterful literary writing. Yet, I would guess, their first drafts look nothing like the finished book we will hold in our hands.
Whether a literary writer or not, your first draft will most likely contain an abundance of ‘ly’ words and overwrought descriptive sentences. The very ‘weed words’ my colleague Cyle Young spoke about a few blogs ago. The purpose of a first draft is to get the story down, and learn what makes your characters tick. Is the grossly flawed man/woman capable of becoming a hero/heroine? Can the shy one overcome and seek out the beauty?
Once the first draft of your story is written, you can do a read through and see what works and what doesn’t. Look for the places where your story slows down and fix the pacing. You might discover on a re-read that Joe really wouldn’t have responded to Kate in that manner at all. Maybe a scene could be stronger, funnier, or left out entirely without any loss to the story line.
Drafts are a necessary part of the process. Do not be afraid to rewrite the story until you get it right. And then; be willing to be edited, or as Stephen King says in his book, Stephen King on Writing, kill your little darlings.