Creative Writing Tools — First Drafts and the Scene Summary

I’m over at Writing Secrets of the 7 Scribes today discussing first drafts and the tool I use to create my scenes, the Scene Summary. There’s also a 1,200 word excerpt from the first chapter of Dark Light of Day.

Writers, how do you write your first draft? Slow? Fast? Plotted? Not? How much prep work do you put into building a scene before you actually write it? What drafting tools are in your creative writing tool box?

Readers, come share some of your favorite opening scenes. Which stories have grabbed you from that first paragraph and why? What was the opening scene for the book you’re currently reading?

The Demons of Halja — Dark Light of Day’s Monsters

Since I’m hosting a guest blogger tomorrow, I also wanted to let you know where I’ll be on 9/15/12: Happy Tails and Tales. I’ll be offering a sneak peek at Halja’s demons and will be sharing a brief excerpt from the scene where Noon Onyx, Dark Light of Day’s protagonist, meets a palm sized demon for the very first time.

Saturday’s post is also part rallying cry for those of us who love “monster stories.” If you love vamps, werewolves, demons and the like, stop by Happy Tails and Tales and let your voice be heard!! 😀

Don’t forget, I’m giving away one Ace/Roc SF/F sampler at every stop (US only due to mailing costs) and all commenters (international too!) will be entered to win the $10 eGiftCard (Amazon or B&N, winner’s choice) that I’m giving away at the end of the tour. For info on other prizes I’m offering, see my blog tour page. Hope to see you at 7 Scribes and/or Happy Tails and Tales!