Week one of Fast Draft

I would like to say that I kicked a** this week. Yeah, no. I have done moderately well, as in 10 to 18 pages per day. One day was not good, that was 4.5 pages. Just couldn’t concentrate with the cabana boy and the SPF lotion situation. LOL!

Yes, this is my unhappy/I am so sorry/ I will never do it again face. So now we start week two. Lord, love little ducks. My brain actually hurts. I started this book thinking “oh, man, this is gonna be a breeze. Just sit down and write all day. In my jammies. With my bunny slippers on.” Was I wrong. Seriously dead wrong. I looked over at my daughter yesterday and said “This is hard work. What was I thinking?” And her words were…….

In other words put on my big girl panties and get this book done! Like yesterday! Ye gods and little fishes,  I want to say enough this is too hard. But, my inner demon (aka my muse) just smacks me upside the head and gives me another book idea.

Another book idea! Yes. Another book idea. One thing I will say about fast draft is it really pulls out the stops on your imagination. Sending my inner critic (who in her off time works for the IRS in the audit department) on vacation to hell, really opened up the floodgates for book ideas. I have had six this week. Six. They may not become actual books but, the ideas are there.

So wish me luck as I go through the gates into purgatory for the second week of fast draft. It is sure to be another interesting week!

So, would you like to do fast draft? Or would you rather vacation in Hell? Do book ideas come easy for you or is it like getting a root canal? And a show of hands (virtual) of how many of you think this writing business is not for the faint of heart? That it is hard and the writers who make it look easy are just yanking our chain?

Thanks for stopping by…hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Fun, isn’t friday supposed to be fun?

I am enrolled in Candace Havens’ Comprehensive Writing Class. We start fast draft today.

For those of you who don’t know what fast draft is, you put in enough time each day to reach a goal of 20 pages. You give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft. You send your internal editor on a long much-needed vacation. And last but not least you make yourself accountable for those 20 pages a day for two weeks. No Whining is allowed.  

No whining, you say? 20 pages a day for TWO WEEKS? Wow.

Yeah, I know. I want to say no problem. I want to say piece of cake. But, that would make me a big fat liar. I am shaking in my shoes. And to make it worse for myself, I decided to do it pencil and paper. When I am doing my wip on the computer and those little red lines or green lines appear, I immediately want to go backwards and fix it. That loses momentum in the story because then I am revising as I go. Nope, can’t do that with pencil and paper. If it’s misspelled it’s going to stay misspelled until I transcribe it into the computer. That way I can revise and input all at the same time. Clever? Or sadomasochistic?

I am starting to believe that I have to like a little bit of self-torture or otherwise I would run screaming in the opposite direction when Candy said we were doing fast draft. LOL!

No, seriously. I really believe that this will help me with my wip and my reluctance to sit down and actually write. Because, I still think deep down inside that I am a fraud. That everyone is more clever, more talented, just more than me. Silly right? Welcome to the world of the insecure writer. You can have the seat right next to me……..

Would you like to do a fast draft? Do you have self-imposed obstacles to writing time? What is your favorite excuse you use for not writing? Or are you so disciplined you make my teeth hurt? What is your favorite method for writing?

Thanks for stopping by……need to go sharpen all of my pencils and make sure I have lots of paper! LOL!