Fast Drafting

This week I’ve been fast drafting one of my stories. I have the blurb, short synopsis and an outline I’d already done so it has made it a bit easier.

But still writing 20 pages in a day is hard when you factor in all the other things in life that needs to be done. When you factor in your daily, familial responsibilities. Plus I’m going to be starting school next week so I may have to cut back from 20 pages a day down to either 10 or 5. Five pages is realistic.  I can do that no problem. But I don’t know how school is going to factor in.

But so far I’ve written 41 pages in the past two days. If you want to keep track of my progress or even cheer me on, then you can follow my progress on twitter.

And a bit of background on Fast Draft (aka FD) for those who are unfamiliar with it. FD is the process of getting the words on the page. Just writing and pushing through the internal editor and doubts and getting a first draft done quickly in a two week period. I first learned about Fast Draft from Candace Havens.

The challenge is to write 20 pages per day for 2 weeks. There are some who do FD who don’t do the 20 pages/day some have done 5 pages/day or 10 page/day. It all depends on the person, their life, responsibilities and where they are writing wise. Some can’t do the 20 pages per day. But doing 5 or 10 pages a day is a challenge. It’s not just about the output (remember you can revise later) but challenging yourself, going beyond your normal output.

Fast Draft is more than just about writing a first draft of a book in two weeks. It’s about creative freedom. For me, it’s about the freedom to write, get the story out of my head and onto the page. It’s great when you have other writer’s join in and help keep you accountable. To cheer you own and crack the whip when needed. Push, pull, prod further until the goal for the day has been met.

It’s how I initially wrote Liar Liar, which I am happy to say that I am done editing and revising. I’m letting it sit for a few weeks before I give it one more look over and start subbing it aka begin the agent hunt.

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