When I started this series a few weeks ago, I thought I’d be much further along in the process by now. But then there was WriteOnCon and a contest for which I needed to critique others and my son started Kindergarten and …
… and those are all excuses.
The truth is, I hate drafting! And while I was moving along quite nicely with my research earlier this month, I let myself get distracted. I kept asking myself why I wasn’t closer to starting the draft, and that’s when it occurred to me that I was procrastinating. Because the longer I take to finish my research and develop the characters and start outlining the plot, the longer it will be until I have to sit down and actually draft.
I know for some people the draft is the best part. They love getting those initial words on the page. For me, it’s torture. I would much rather be presented with a first draft to revise and polish. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I have to do both.
Anyway, now that I realize I’ve been procrastinating, I’m going to knuckle down. You can all hold me accountable. I will start drafting the second week of September. That leaves me the rest of this week and next week to complete my other “before the draft” steps. I have at least two more posts in this series planned, and I may not post one of them until after I’ve started, but I will make drafting a priority. And I’m sure you’ll see me grumble about it here, too :).
Where are you on the drafting/revising scale? Do you prefer one over the other, or are you a lucky writer who loves both?All Before the Draft posts:
- Before the Draft: Research
- Before the Draft: Procrastination
- Before the Draft: Character Development
- Before the Draft: Outlining in Scrivener