This morning, I just realized (okay, I know I'm sometimes slow on the uptake), that at 5,000 words per day, I could realistically finish a 70,000 novel IN TWO WEEKS! (I wonder if I actually could? 2 weeks for a first draft. I do love a challenge.)
The Free Dictionary states that Pedal to the Metal means "to make something go forward or increase as fast as possible" and gives and example of "Ingrid put the pedal to the metal and finished writing her essay a day early."
So, for me, Fast Drafting means:
- No Internet
- No phone
- No re-reading
- No editing
- Spending a small amount of time pre-planning (Index Cards Are My Friends)
- Setting a timer for short writing stints (30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour)
- Taking breaks and finding balance in my writing life
If you will excuse me now, I'm going to go put the pedal to the medal, and hopefully word by word, get these books out of my head and onto the page!