I am so excited by how many people are going to start fast draft next week. It really is more fun when you know there are others out there doing the same thing (and expecting you to keep up). We're starting next Saturday, the 15th, so there's still plenty of time for anyone else who wants to get in on the action.
Starting Saturday, I'll post every day (eek!). These will probably be short post with words of encouragement and pictures of chocolate and caffeine to keep us going. Pop in every day to update the comments section with the number of words or pages you wrote the previous day. You can also feel free to post on your own blog and comment here with a link. Just make sure you have a public place where people are expecting to see your numbers. :)
Then write away! Set a daily goal for yourself. I recommend 5K words or 20 pages (this is also what Candace Havens recommends in her class), but you can choose whatever goal works for you. Keep in mind, the higher the goal the faster you finish.
Until then, make sure you're ready to get your write on. Of course, this means shaping up that outline and going over your character notes. As a side note, I don't think I could do a fast draft without an outline, but do whatever works for you.
Outside of writing prep, make sure you have personal stuff prepped as well. Go to the grocery store and make sure you have plenty of food in the house for meals. Don't forget about late night fuel and motivation treats. Last time I bribed myself with a piece of quality chocolate each time I hit my daily goal. You should also use this time before we start to pay the bills, clean your house and get your calendar set up. Do as much as you can now so you have fewer things to worry about when you're writing.
That's it! Until then writers!