Although my intensity level while writing my first draft is somewhat alarming, and I’m sure my blood pressure is driven upward, it usually turns out to be the most memorable part of the process. Writing in an unconstrained manner is sort of like skinny-dipping during the afternoon in your suburban pool. (And yes, I do keep looking over my shoulder waiting to get caught). For some odd reason, I always get a visual of my tenth grade English teacher pointing her finger at me while saying, “You can’t do that. You can’t do that.”
Often times, the writing is illogical. Metaphors are mixed, punctuation is butchered, and sentences sometimes run on like Forest Gump going coast to coast. One must bear all, and it’s usually at this point that the best and worst of my writing is exposed.
More than anything, during the first draft, I focus on maintaining the right pace. Perhaps that’s why I like to write diligently once I start. It must be that I feel I can maintain the rhythm of the sentences once the pace is established in my mind. Fearing I might lose the voice and feel for the story, I rush on to the finish line.
Once you’re finished, even though you know you have a year of editing ahead of you, having the first draft finished comforts you in the sense that you know it’s just a matter of time before your work will come to fruition. Knowing you’re close gives you a reason to continue on.
Garasamo Maccagnone studied creative writing and literature under noted American writers Sam Astrachan and Stuart Dybek at Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. A college baseball player as well, Maccagnone met his wife Vicki as a junior at WMU. The following year, after injuring his throwing arm, Maccagnone left school and his baseball ambitions to marry Vicki.
After a two year stint at both W.B. Doner and BBDO advertising agencies, Maccagnone left the industry to apply his knowledge of marketing in a new venture in an up-and-coming industry. Maccagnone created a company called, “Crate and Fly,” and turned it from a store front in 1984 to a world-wide multi-million dollar shipping corporation by 1994.
In the mid 90’s Maccagnone decided to fulfill the promise of his writing career, by first penning the children’s book, The Suburban Dragon and then following up with a collection of short stories and poetry entitled, The Affliction of Dreams. His literary novel, St. John of the Midfield was published in 2007, followed by his For the Love of St. Nick, which was released in 2008. Maccagnone expanded the original version of For the Love of St. Nick and had the book illustrated for a new release in June 2009. My Dog Tim and Other Stories is a literary anthology of the author’s best work.
Garasamo “Gary” Maccagnone lives today in Shelby Township, Michigan, with his wife Vicki and three children. At this time, he is researching the location for his second novel, tentatively titled, He Lay Low.
You can visit Gary online at www.garasamomaccagnone.com