I'm happy to report that I've written 40 pages so far in my new work in progress due to my Fast Draft Class!
Yes, I'm happy with that. But compared to most people in class, I'm not exactly sprinting toward the finish line. (Most people are writing 15 to 20 pages a day)
I'm keeping more of a nice even trot going, but I'm still getting a lot more done than I would have without it.
So what's the story behind Fast Drafting? Well, as Candace Havens puts it, you're telling your internal editor to stick it (I believe she phrases it a bit differently, but you get the idea) :-)
I have a very strong internal editor--whether she comes out because of fear or my analness, I'm not sure.
But she's one tough cookie.
Therefore I'm a bit of a slow writer. And believe it or not, I felt as if I was getting slower with each book. Although, I have to say my first drafts always came out pretty clear and clean, so I never need too much revision.
Obviously this won't be the case with this manuscript.
It's very hard not to stop and tinker with what I've written, and instead push forward. The instructor explains it this way: Think of it as building a house. In these two weeks, we'll get the frame up and see if we have a story there. Then when we go through revisions, we'll put the drywall up and then paint and then eventually decorate. :-)
My internal editor must have been an interior designer in a past life, because that's the part of writing I'm dying to get to but I have to wait.
Everybody has their own writing process, but I just wanted to try what seemed to be working for so many other authors I know.
Who knows what kind of first draft I'm going to end up with at the end of this week. Should be interesting to find out.
But the instructor will help us through the last two weeks of class called "Revision Hell" so that kind of gives me a hint. :-)
Have you ever tried or heard of Fast Drafting?
If you're a writer, would you classify yourself as slow or fast?
*****on a side note I got a lovely review for my book Sunny Days for Sam from It's Raining Books!! Woot! Check it out HERE!****