And as always -- happy reading!
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And as always -- happy reading!
Recently, I had a great time at Emerald City Writers’ Conference and did a talk on Fastdrafting 101. A few questions came up after this talk that I wanted to address here. I may have answered some of the questions, but honestly, the first 20-30 minutes of that talk was like an out-of-body experience, due to nerves. Also, if I cussed during that time, I'm super sorry... (sometimes I say bad things when I'm super nervous)
As we approach NaNoWriMo, the fastdrafting materials might be helpful for those WriMo-ers out there gearing up for November!
Here are my prior fastdrafting blog posts, if you would like a refresher/cautionary tale…
Part 1: I've got an idea!
Part 2: Bad decision making, for sure, but what could possibly go wrong?
Part 3: Uh oh...
Question): How many documents do you prepare before the fastdrafting begins?
Answer): 3. The outline which gets revised several times before it becomes final. This is a handwritten document. I’d show you a copy, but no one can read my handwriting. The second item is the character interviews (hero/heroine/villain). And any pictures for character or motif inspiration. Other than that, the only other document is the fastdrafted word document. (Yes, I use Word. Yes, I know I’m probably supposed to use something like Scribner. I know.)
Question): Do you format as you go?
Answer): Absolutely not. I don’t even count chapters as I’m going along. Instead, I write what I think is a chapter, insert a page break, and then start the next chapter with one word: “Chapter”. I don’t center the word, don’t worry about spaces down the page. Same thing goes for section breaks. Just get some kind of item in the text to indicate a break – use an asterisk or ampersand or something. Then I keep writing.
Question): What was the fastest time from first idea to final draft?
Answer): First of all, final draft tends to go much longer, as I consider the final draft to be the final product that goes to print. But for the purposes of this discussion, if we assume the final draft is the best I can get the book before it goes for editing with the publisher, then the fastest time is a few months. Fastest pre-writing/interviewing was 2 weeks, 4 days of fastrdrafting, then 4-6 weeks of editing. So let’s say fastest possible is 2 months, but most drafts are more like 3-4 months. As we discussed, you pay back that time efficiency from drafting quickly by needing a longer editing process.
Good luck with your novel draft -- however you get it done.
Just get it done!
Some of you know the drill: Whenever I do a reader event or book signing, I have a rule. Any reader who signs up for my newsletter during the event gets entered in a drawing for free books.
As promised, I took the new newsletter subscribers and used a random number generator. (Not hubby this time, either!)
The winner of a digital copy of the entire Hell to Pay paranormal romance series is:
Winners of a digital copy of my first book, Immortal Flame are:
I'll be sending out emails to the winners.
Big thanks to all the readers who came by to check out my books and to chat. It was a super fun evening!
Thank you again and happy reading!
I had the best time in Cedar Falls, Iowa last weekend at the Romance Rendezvous event. If you've ever hung out with me at a reader event or book signing, you know the deal: Anyone who signs up for my newsletter is entered in a drawing to win BOOKS!
Using a random number generator (on the computer -- not hubby this time), the winner of the entire Hell to Pay series is : Nicole M.
Winners of my first book, Immortal Flame are:
I'll email you all this week and get these digital copies right out to you!
Thanks again to all the awesome readers who came to Romance Rendezvous. I look forward to seeing you all again at future events!
Author, daydreamer, and practitioner of trying very hard to fix whatever's wrong with folks or at least duct tape them together