Thursday, April 4, 2013
D is for Drafting
So I've already told you how much I love brainstorming, but I have to admit that I love drafting almost as much as I love dreaming up new ideas. Maybe it's because drafting is still a portion of that wild and untamed part of writing. It taps into the feral part of the brain where new ideas are born.
I don't know about you, but when the words are coming easily, bubbling up from that little hidden well, I'm my happiest. These moments don't come every day, but when they do, they're pure joy.
But it doesn't always flow, does it? Sometime the well has been drained, or clogged, or filled up with concrete, but it seems like those difficult days can be just as rewarding as the easy ones because the words still get written. Somehow, they still end up on the page.
When I'm drafting a book I like to have a certain word count that I'm responsible for each day. For me, 1500 words is my sweet spot. It feels like a substantial amount, but it's not too much to drain me.
How about you? Do you strive for a certain word count when you're drafting?