Jun 2, 2010

Writing a First Draft by Garasamo Maccagnone

With me, prior to typing a word, a detailed chapter by chapter outline needs to be finished. Once that is done, my first draft is written in an unconstrained manner. Much like an artist applying washes across his canvas, I simply write scene after scene, sometimes in the most rudimentary way, just for the sake of getting the work out of me. The feeling is once it’s down, I can go back and fix it all.

From there, it’s all blue-collar, meat and potato writing, or any other cliché you want to throw at it. I don’t stop until the complete manuscript is finished and I have something of substance, or weight, in my hand. At the end of this process, though you don’t dare show the manuscript to a single soul, you feel good that you’ve strung a lot of words together.

After I leave the manuscript alone for a few weeks, I begin the process of fluffing up all the scenes. And yes, I do clean up the dialogue a little, and I do flush out scenes, but for the most part, the manuscript beefs up and adds a lot of weight. It’s not until I’m finished adding everything I can that I consider my first draft to be complete and ready to present to my first group of editors.

And of course, with an open mind, I listen carefully to all their advice and input, knowing I will have to sculpt the work down considerably by the presentation of my second draft.



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

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