This week on The Ball we’re sharing our tips and tricks for first drafts and how to get them done. But I pretty much buck all convention when it comes to drafting, so you should probably do the opposite of everything I do.
First, I start with the idea and then mull it over in my mind — sometimes for four or five years. I live with the characters, write whole scenes and conversations in my head, think about various beginnings, endings and plot twists. Once I feel like I have a handle on who my characters are and a loose plot, I’ll sit down to write.
This is usually when I stare at a blank screen for hours OR I type a sentence, hate it, delete it and repeat that step hundreds of times. It’s very efficient.
I also edit as I go. I find it very difficult to move on if I don’t have scenes and dialogue almost exactly as I want them. Which is why I’ve re-written the first third of my WIP four times now.
I know, this sounds really painful, doesn’t it? That’s because IT IS. But it’s the only way that works for me. So that’s my advice: don’t look for the magic tip that’s going to miraculously make your first draft a cinch to write. Because first drafts aren’t a cinch to write. And you have to write them in the way that works best for you.
What’s your writing process? Share in the comments below.