Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fast Draft in the Fast Lane

Holy mother of the Holy child, what on God's green earth did I sign up?

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I'm ignoring you, Panic Button!

Yep, that is almost the exact thought that ran through my head when I read Candace Haven's introduction post for the Fast Draft class that starts today.

According to Candace I will now engage in the act of writing 20 pages (or @5k words) every day for the next two weeks. I will not edit, I will not re-read, I will not sit and stare at the blank page for the first hour waiting on coffee, my muse, inspiration or a sharp slap across the face to kick in.

I'm also not allowed to complain, because that would be negative and only inhibit my ability to produce 20 pages a day. And did I mention Candace assures me I can do this in about 3 hours each day.

Do you hear that? Probably not, since its the maniacal laugh of a mentally unstable person bouncing around in my skull.

I will stay positive. I will not focus on the fact that I have only had 5k days a few times in my writing career and they all took longer than 3 hours. I will ignore the fact that we just found out yesterday that we are moving across town and I need to squeeze my writing time between packing everything in my house into boxes. I will tune all of that out.

I will focus on the end goal of producing a kick-ass (read sucky) first draft of my next manuscript in two weeks. And then I will sleep.

5 comments:

  1. Trust me, fast drafting doesn't equal a sucky first draft. For me, it results in a more fluid first draft. I'm a big planner though so that helps.

    Good luck!

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  2. I'm in the same boat as you. Just signed up and then found out I'll be working double shifts this week. Ugh. But I'm telling myself that if I can do it THIS week then I can do it ANY week. :) Where did you read the introduction post? I paid a while ago, but haven't received any info on how to access the course and I'm super eager to get started.

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  3. Good luck! Like you I've only managed 5K a day a few times, but it is doable. And just think how great you'll feel if you can make it!

    I've done NaNo a few times, and I find that if you do a whole lot early on, it gets easier later. So see if you can knock out 6 or 7K the first couple of days so you have a reserve for later if you really get stuck for time or inspiration.

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  4. Fast drafts are the best, to me. I let everything else go in my mind, and then let the characters write it for me. They surprise me, every time.

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  5. Okay, I'm weird but this sounds like a lot of fun to me. Good luck!

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