The Saga of the First Draft
I was just doing a word count and realized that I am better off than I thought I was. It's not exact, because I'm handwriting most of my "novel" and I really don't have time to count all the words, but I'm averaging about 250 words a page, 500 words front and back. So as of this evening I am at (according to my undoubtedly flawed calculations) 32,182 words.
I started typing up some of my work-to make it easier to read and edit later-but it takes me longer to type than to hand write for 3 reasons:
- My handwriting is terrible and I have to stop every 10 words or so and try to puzzle out a word. Is that derelict or destruction? Maybe it's detritus? Using the surrounding words for context doesn't help, because I've run across whole sentences that make no sense to me.
- I often type so fast that my fingers get off on the wrong keys so when I'm really on a roll, typing up a section I can actually read, I realize 2 paragraphs in that I have just typed a bunch of gibberish.
- Stupid Inner Editor. I made a vow to myself to just type it as I wrote it-it's a first draft, I can fix it later-but then (my thought process as follows) "this sentence can be written a little more clearly; here's a paragraph that kind of runs on, so let me fix that; lots of "he said she said" in this conversation, let me smooth that out..." next thing you know I'm rewriting the whole darn thing.
Anyway, the 3rd draft, I HOPE, will end with a much smoother and coherent product. I REALLY hope I can get away with minimal work after the 3rd draft.
In the meantime, writing has started all sorts of ideas in my head. I keep coming up with ideas, ideas that I'm sure are good, but I don't want to stop what I'm doing to work on them. So I have to write the ideas down and stare forlornly at them. I'll get around to them after this is all done.
So that's my progress so far. Any tips to make it go more smoothly? (Other than outlines. I'm in too deep on this one. Maybe next time)