Ok, I can’t actually give everyone cupcakes, but that’s what my husband took me out for to celebrate finishing my latest first draft. Lucky for me he worked from home today! This is the cupcake I selected.
My followers know how much I hate writing a first draft. I had a particularly hard time with this one–until this week. I was getting close to the climax, and everything just clicked. As a result, I finished sooner than I expected, kicking out 3,000 words today to end up at 44,162 words total. I’m not sure I’d survive if I wrote YA or adult. Too many words to get through that draft!
So how does a first draft hater get through? I have to set goals. Using Scrivener, I set up an overall word count goal (45,000) and a time frame. Basically it called for me to write approximately 2,000 words per day. Making that writing goal was my first priority every day. It came before sending out new queries, working on this blog, critiquing, reading, and even paying freelance work.
And now it’s finished! That means I can move on to the important work of revising, which I love. I’m sure the revision process will give me many blog topics, but for now I’ll revel in the accomplishment of a finished draft.
What about you? Do you prefer drafting or revising? How do you celebrate milestones?