This one was harder than I expected it to be. Do I want to write a full draft of the whole novel at 50,000 words, or write the first half of a 100,000 word draft? My finished novel will need to be around 100K (standards run a little longer for fantasy than for most other genres). But there’s something unsatisfying about writing just half a novel in July – I really want to push to finish!
I finally decided to draft the whole novel at 50K. This means I’ll be writing a short/fast first draft, along the lines suggested by Anne Greenwood Brown in her blog post for Writer Unboxed. I might not go quite as far as writing my first draft entirely in dialog as she suggests, but I will try to avoid the slow slogging to fill in all the details that usually bogs me down. Do I have enough sensory detail? What’s exactly the right word in this tricky spot? How precisely does the character get from here to there? My plan is to just keep moving ahead, and fix it in post (that is, in revision).
So there you have it folks. My goal is to write a complete draft at 50,000 words in 31 days. Wish me luck.
Progress so far:
- 3/1/15: Set the goal (a full 50,000-word draft, or half a novel?) – On time
- 3/8/15: Develop my one-sentence pitch line, also known as through line
- 3/22/15: Establish major set pieces/beats
- 4/12/15: Develop a rough synopsis
- 5/3/15: Complete a rough outline or scene sketch
- 5/24/15: Complete an “idea bank” with the things I want to include in the novel
- 5/31/15: Plan the beginning of the novel, from opening scene to first major turn
- 6/14/15: Plan the middle of the novel, including all the twists and complications leading to the ending
- 6/28/15: Plan the ending of the novel, including the climax and the final resolution
- 6/30/15: Get all my logistics in place (word-count log, file formats, backups, and so on)