Drafting Fast!

Posted By on May 14, 2012

Hiking to a waterfall, my aunt said, "Look through those trees." Let's all thank her, because that is beauty.

I’m home from Girls’ Week (and lonely for my aunties and cousin), and I’m starting Candace Havens’ Fast Draft class today. That means I’m committed to write 20 pages every day for two weeks, and then I have two weeks to revise it all. I’ve actually stated a goal of 15 pages, because that’s my minimum need, but I want to do the full 20. I’ve never done this before. I’ve written 30 pages or so per day on deadline, and once, I wrote 50 pages in one day just because those 50 pages rolled out as if they were dying to be written. I’ve never done 20 pages every day for 2 weeks, and I’m a little wary.

I’ve warned the family that I’m not giving up work time. I’ve worked on character sketches and a synopsis that’s really a thorn under my skin. If I don’t figure out what’s bothering me about the beginning of the story, I’m going to have to skip on to the parts I know, and hope something brilliant strikes me for those first scenes. (Because Candace allows no whining and no excuses.)

I might be scarce on the blog for the next few weeks, but I’d like to keep all my commitments and show up here. I may just be posting some of the hundreds of photos I took during Girl’s Week. Also, we’re almost finished with the bathroom renovation, and I’d like to post final photos of that. The lights are here, and we need to hang the mirrors. The day I left, the door was going up, and just before I came home, the granite was installed. The beloved and I argued about what we wanted for a cabinet between the cabinets because the world would literally reverse its spin if we ever agreed on anything, but we seem to have compromised now. Ordering that is my one non-work commitment this week.

Unless my hands refuse to type any more after I do my pages, I’ll post my counts here each day.

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2 Responses to “Drafting Fast!”

  1. Lacey Devlin says:

    You can do it, Anna! Good luck!

  2. admin says:

    Best of luck to you, too, Lacey! Have you done this before? I didn’t expect the added bonus of having so many familiar faces sharing the class! It’s exciting–as if we’re all embarking on a somewhat terrifying adventure! šŸ˜‰

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