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, 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.


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.