Saturday, February 28, 2009
First Draft Sprint - Across The Finish Line!
Whoo hoo! I made it! Yesterday afternoon I finished the first draft I started on Feb 2. Page count: 313. Word Count: 64,123.
Which means that it's at least 6,000 words too short, but that's fine. I knew it'd be short.
The first draft, for me, is like a sketch of the finished mural. There are broad strokes and perhaps some color. The foreground (the main romance) is fairly clear but needs a lot of detail and shading; the background (secondary characters and subplots) need a lot more work.
As my reward, I'm taking today off and going to see Stone of Destiny. (And with regards to the Weight Loss Challenge, I am first going to go on a long walk - at least two hours - and there will be no treats at the show.)
Next comes printing up the manuscript and reading to see what I've got, no doubt making copious notes and changes as I go. I cannot NOT do that when I read a manuscript, which is why I need a hard copy.
So now I know it's possible for me to write a first draft in four weeks. However, the amount of revising and rewriting I have to do is going to determine if the First Draft Sprint method really works for me, or not.