Thursday, March 12, 2009

First Draft Sprint - The Verdict

Although I haven't completely finished reading through the manuscript of the First Draft Sprint - I have one more chapter to go and have to insert the Big Event that I decided had to come later in the story - I think I can render a verdict on whether this method (writing without revising, just forging ahead) works for me.

Yes.

Yes, it does.

There's a lot of revising to be done, especially in the last third, but overall, this draft was not the train wreck I feared it might be.

Just goes to show you can always learn something about your writing or your method no matter how long you've been at it.

6 comments:

Amy Ruttan said...

Congrats on the first draft sprint!

I was in the toy store today, have you seen the 50th Anniversary Barbie. I was so tempted to buy her just for myself, but my six year old would kill me. LOL.

She's pretty and golden.

Amy Ruttan said...

I meant yesterday. *sigh* I'm already a day behind.

Maureen McGowan said...

Of course, you've got way more experience than I... but I think it helps to mix it up every once and a while. Try something new.

Patricia said...

I was leaving a comment and it disappeared. Well, anyway, getting a first draft done is always great! In Anne Lamott's book, Bird By Bird, she has some great advice on writing what she calls the "shitty first draft".

Margaret Moore said...

I love Bird by Bird!

I've always figured my first drafts are just that and always do a lot more work. What's different about this was that I didn't go back and revise before moving on. I just kept forging ahead until I got to the end of the story.

Kaye Manro said...

This is good news. I think it's a good method. I'm glad you found it a good way to go with writing.