Wednesday, March 9, 2011
How Do I Know It Won't Sucketh?
I'm working my way through a new first draft at record speed--for me. In the past, I've spent roughly 6 months to a year working on the first draft, and then I revise like the wind. The book is in pretty good shape after the first draft and I'm very fast with editing and revisions. I can do several rounds of massive revisions within a few weeks.
This time I'm doing it differently. I'm giving myself full on permission to suck. I'm not looking back at previous scenes. I'm even filling in aspects I haven't figured out yet with eloquent bits like : BLAH BLAH-DEE-BLAH-BLAH.
It's liberating, and fascinating--and terrifying. I'm worried that when I finish I won't be connected enough. I won't be as invested. What if I finish and then go... oh crap, methink it sucketh too much. And as my finger approaches the ominous 'delete all' button... I'll cry.
So, what do you guys think? How do you write first drafts? Should I go back to the old way, or do you think this will work out okay?
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