Fast Draft

There’s an expression that your eyes are bigger than your stomach. I think that fits my writing goal for my current Fast Draft madness. Lesson to self – don’t start Fast Drafting when you have two chapter meetings that week. And then I’m coordinating our Gateway to the Best writing contest for my chapter and the judging deadline is this week. ergh!! argh!!

Then the day job….the cursed day job! Okay excuses, excuses. Needless to say, lots of time/pages to make up for.

The good thing is my mind is starting to churn about the book. So even if the page count isn’t where I want it, the most important part of Fast Draft is kicking in. That’s the part when you start thinking of the characters and the plot all the time so when it’s time to write, you just do it.

I read part of the opening to Across the Silk Road last night at CORE. The comments were good, the feedback was very useful. Now I have to shelve it away until I can get another 200 pages done. I hope this means that I’m on the right track, but even if it’s the wrong track, trains already left the station. Can’t get off now. Fix it in rewrites, right?

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  1. Dara
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 09:56:51

    Have fun with that madness! 😛 And yes, don’t worry about it until re-writes. At least that’s my opinion.

  2. Dara
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 12:02:31

    Oh, and I just wanted to thank you for letting me know about that Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog. I’ve learned so much from it and I’m really aiming to enter the GH next year (definitely won’t be done in time this year!). So far, I would probably classify it in the category of “Novel with Strong Romantic Elements”, but it’s also entirely possible that as I write the story, it may turn into more of a romance. We’ll see! I just know I really want to aim for GH entry come November of 2010. Time to put the calendar in place now so I can reach that goal!

  3. Jeannie
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 12:13:26

    Awesome Dara! That’s a great goal and every story can use a little romance. 😉 Across the Silk Road started out as a historical fantasy and when I started trying to learn how to write characters people might want to care about, it morphed into a romance between the hero and heroine instead of a big epic fantasy. Who would have thunk it?

  4. Victoria Dixon
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 07:02:40

    As my daughter would say, “Chugga, chugga CHOO CHOO!”