Fast Draft (or Why I Will Be Ghost for a Few Days)

I need this typewriter, delivered to me by a naked Idris Elba or a naked Michael Fassbender. Kind and benevolent Universe, make that happen. 

Now that I have stopped daydreaming, let me tell you the truth. What I really need is a swift kick in the pants, right square and dead center in the middle of my butt. 

Yeah, I need a dose of reality and a gentle, forceful shove toward my writing. 

Enter Candace Havens and an email about her newest class. I was hesitant about signing up for any courses this year with my new job role, volunteer commitments, and other things to do (i.e., dating in Atlanta, walking dogs, playing bridge, going to parties, baking, and selling homes). 

I put a call out to writers on Twitter about the value of the class, and I was overwhelmed with responses. People loved the class, enjoyed the camaraderie, and suffered through it with great success. They felt encouraged, and I felt that I needed to take the leap. 

So, I jumped in and joined this iteration of the Fast Draft course. Candace Haven’s Fast Draft is supposed to give me that. Fast Draft is “a process in which you’ll finish your book in two weeks or less.”

For me, the slowest writer this side of the green grass, this is a challenge. 

Authors have used many ways to discuss Fast Drafting. One at a recent conference called this type of writing as the Christmas tree you buy and the editing and revisions as the lights and decorations you put on it. Someone else described it as building a skyscraper. You have to get the framework built out before you start to decorate. 

I need the words on the page, the unadorned Christmas tree in my living room, and the scaffolding that climbs into the sky for that unformed building. 

I need that shitty first draft that the sage, oh-so-wise Anne Lamott talks about. I need words on a page because you can’t edit a blank page. (Thanks, Nora Roberts, for that.)

So, I committed. I paid my money, and I said I will do 3 pages a day (at a minimum). I will be holed up in my house or office, writing as much as I can. Wish me luck 

Published by tianajohnson90

I am an oil-and-water combination of humor, ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, procrastination, and drive. I am an aspiring romance novelist who writes by the seat of her pants. Waging and sometimes winning a daily battle with procrastination, plots, characters, and the day job.

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