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.


Kaye Manro said...

Good luck with the revisions, Margaret. And thanks again for explaining your Sprit method!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Congrats on the marathon sprint! I'm not sure if I could write a whole book in 26 days! I'm lucky if I churn out 2 a year! Regards Caroline