Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The Bonus of the Slow Jog
Lately I've discovered there are two really good things about the slow jog approach to the first draft.
1. The slow jog is much less stressful - provided, of course, one doesn't have a really looming deadline. I can work and still have time for other things, which makes me a much happier author.
2. The slow jog lets my imagination roam more, leading to new ideas/developments that I might not have discovered otherwise. This is especially good when I'm in the middle of the work, which tends to get shorter shift in the synopsis/outline phase.
As noted here in other blog posts, I used the first draft sprint approach for my last two projects, which has its benefits: the thrill of accomplishment when what can be the toughest part of writing a book is finished swiftly, and a unity of voice.
However, I'm realizing that the sprint approach isn't the best for me. I really need the breathing space not just between books, but daily. It's better for me, it's better for the book.