Fast Draft–Or Writing Faster than the Evil Internal Editor

I’m doing the Fast Draft/Book In a Month Club 2013 with the brilliant Candace Havens.For those who haven’t heard it, Candace gives you the techniques to write 20 pages a day for 14 days. At the end of it, you have the first draft of a completed novel. The second half of the book club, she gives tips about how to revise in just two weeks.

Sounds tough? It is, but totally worth it.

Now I’m going to share a secret with you. Every morning I get up and have the exact same fear.

What if?

What if I sit down at the computer and I don’t make my writing goal of 20 pages today?

What if I sit down at the computer and I don’t write anything?

What if the words just…won’t…come?

What if…

The thing about what if, is that it’s really fear talking. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

So every morning, I kiss the kids, send them to school. Clear my email inbox. Practice my Tai Chi. Then I sit down. And write.

And I write.Time Management

And I write.

Some days the words flow. Other days, I agonize to get through a single paragraph. But each morning I make vow to write 20 pages that day. I don’t worry about tomorrow. And I reward myself each time I write a thousand words.

So how’s it going?

I just finished day five. I’m up more 25,000. I’m writing faster. The words are flowing. The scenes are fresh in my head because I wrote yesterday.

Why today, I managed to write 5,008 words in just under 3 1/2 hours. A new record for me.

Will I have to revise. Sure. But I’m one of those weird writers who actually enjoys the revision process.

What’s your best writing day? What do you to keep yourself motivated?

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6 Responses to Fast Draft–Or Writing Faster than the Evil Internal Editor

  1. Green with envy here, Mary! My little ones are at home with me, so my writing routine includes regulated interruptions every 5-10 minutes (with a bonus one scheduled for precisely 65 seconds after I sit down…) 🙂 No, but I love it and having them around is actually great motivation to be really really efficient 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. I remember those days. Wait, I’m having one right now. My boys, while not itty-bitty, are still young enough to want Momma to tuck them into bed and read them stories. So, I’m off to do that. 🙂

  2. NaNoWriMo was great for prompting me to “outrun” the inner editor, so to speak. I enjoy revising too, at times 🙂

    • Mary says:

      It’s always better when the EIE crosses the finish line after we’ve written the book, right?! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  3. Renee Ann says:

    Wow! The thought of getting even 5,000 words in a week would be wonderful. I’m going to have to think about signing up for the next Book in a Month. It might be just what I need.Thanks for passing the info on.:)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Renee Ann,

      Thanks for stopping by. And I’m amazed by the success. Until I took Candace’s class, I consistently could pull down 2200 words a day. This has more than doubled my output. I’m so close to finishing this draft, I can see the climax coming. Now, I’m off to write!

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