Nov 14, 2013

Fast Drafting success!

I did it! As of 11.34pm tonight, I reached 73,047 words, And all in 14 days!! *happy dance*

It was tough. It was very tough at times.

But it was the only way I was going to get this first draft done, once and for all.

I've learned a lot - not just about the techniques to use to fast draft, but also about my story and the plot points and plot elements.

I'm going to write a post about this experience, but not tonight. Tonight I'm going to collapse into bed with a smile on my face.

And tomorrow that smile will still be there, but I'm going to rest, catch up with my housework and spend time with my family.

For all the NaNoers still working on their novels, I wish you all the very, very best. Take good care of yourselves.

Goodnight. *Yawn*
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And goodnight! *Zzzzzzzzzzzz.........*

Nov 2, 2013

Fast Drafting - Day 2

I'm trying something new this year. Fast Drafting. Candace Havens is the creator of this writing method, and the goal is to have a 70,000 wordcount draft written in 2 weeks. That's 5,000 words per day.

Day 1 didn't get off to the start I'd hoped it would. Real Life, don't you know? But I did manage, after about three hours work, to handwrite 12 pages of foolscap to notch up a wordcount of around 3,408 words. That made me very happy once I got over the fact that I hadn't reached 5,000 words for the day.

Today I went to a Write-In at the Gosnells Knowledge Centre where I spewed out 4,501 words in under two hours. (The difference between last night's wordcount and today's is due to 1) writing earlier in the day, and 2) typing instead of handwriting.)

Another 500 words this evening after Little Guy is in bed will take me up to the 5K mark. And perhaps I'll do a bit more than 500 to make up for last night's deficit. By around Day 3 or 4 I hope to be on target, wordcount-wise.

There will be a lot of blog silence this year. Real Life and Fast Drafting are about as much as I can manage with any degree of committment. But I will post some tips and tricks once I've finished my first draft and I work out what's helped me the most.

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And to all the other NaNoers out there, keep those pens/fingers moving! Onwards!!