the drafting process

here’s why i’m such a slow fucking writer in three easy screenshots. all of these were written in the last week.

initial draft of a scene: 

this is about 400-500 words, written on my alphasmart and transferred to my main google docs page for revisions. it’s rough and it’s shit, but it has most of the elements i think i want to or am going to address in this scene. the conversation moves from one topic to the next pretty fast and there’s not a lot of internal dialogue from the narrator.

i know i’m probably not going to keep at least 90 percent of this draft, so i start over with…

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okay i know it Doesn’t Actually Work Like That, but i love the fact that the Blue Eyes White Dragon and the Dark Magician are referred to as natural enemies by shadi (and I think others too).

because, before the Egyptian mythology of yugioh was really fleshed out, this is pretty easy to buy. Atem and Seto are adversaries. dragons and wizards are common fixtures in fantasy and often pitted against each other in stories. okay, cool. but then there’s the revelation that monsters, ESPECIALLY those two, are tied to human souls. and it just makes me laugh because I’m like 99.8% certain Mahad and Kisara never ONCE met each other but their souls are apparently ready to throw down on sight, any time of day, no questions asked, because their respective loved ones are engaged in an eternal pissing contest

Collab i did with @bowtiesandtriangles!! She did the wonderful line work and I colored the whole thing!

Please love this artistically talented child