Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Ugly First Draft
As the plotting stage of my current WIP comes to a close, I've spent a lot of time considering my plan of attack for the first draft. I'm a big believer in giving myself permission to write a terrible first draft. Otherwise, the perfectionist in me takes over. The only way I'll actually finish a first draft is to write it fast and give myself strict deadlines.
That's why I love NaNoWriMo. If you're not familiar with it, National Novel Writing Month is a project held in November that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I have participated in and completed NaNoWriMo two years.
It's not November, and waiting until November to start my first draft isn't an option. I've decided to create my own plan. From April 1 - May 20 (50 days), my goal is to write 1,000 words every day. I plan to update my progress on this blog. Hopefully, it will help to keep me accountable. Wish me luck! Anybody want to join me?
What is your process for writing the first draft or starting a new project?