I’ve been very quiet on the blog lately due to first draft insanity. I started writing my new manuscript on April 18th and on Saturday of this past week, crossed over the 50,000 word mark. So I’m pretty happy with my progress and I’m almost done. Two more scenes and it’s a wrap.
I do a modified fast draft, which means I write, write, write as fast as I can, but the first thirty minutes of each day, I go back and reread what I did the day before. I allow myself to edit as much as I want for the thirty minutes and then I forge ahead. This salves my inner-editor’s perfectionist tendencies and also gets me back into the story world.
Drafting is tough. The last time I did this, my PC died and I was computerless for almost a month. It was HARD to get back into it, but I did and that manuscript is sitting with an agent right now. (Wish me luck )
After I’m done with the first draft, I’ll immediately dive into revisions. Some people say to wait for a week or some other length of time, but I can’t. I forget all the threads and places I know I need to update. I tried to wait in the past and it was a disaster. Once I get through the revisions, which is mostly working through character GMC, adding emotion, layering in description, and looking for places where I used similar wording to my other manuscripts. When I’m drafting, I can only think of so many ways to say “they kissed”. You know?
My friend Cynthia is drafting a manuscript too. She tries to do all the revision type stuff up front as she’s writing. Her first draft is pretty clean as a result. I’m jealous of that. I tried to write this manuscript clean and I think it’s better than the last three because I’m almost positive I won’t be rewriting the last third of it like the others. But I’ve come to the conclusion we just have different processes and one’s not better than the other. I think we’ll both be completely done around the same time.
What’s your process? Do you like it or are you looking for something that works better for you?