Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Changing Gears (First Drafting versus Revision)

First Drafting and Revision are completely different activities. The consistent and continued writing of first draft material is an integral part of my full-time writing process. For publication of my books, revision is also a necessary and welcome part of book writing.

Kat Duncan, writer mentor and coach extraordinaire, suggested the following in regard to changing gears between First Drafting and Revision.

Gear down for first drafting, since first drafting is an "in the zone" activity:
  • Peace and quiet
  • Comfortable chair
  • Dim lighting
  • No interruptions
  • Mentally picturing what characters are doing
Gear up for revision/editing:
  • Office-like atmosphere
  • Strong lighting
  • Cup of coffee or tea
  • Short-term deadline
  • Number of pages goal within short-term deadline
Since my goal is to write full-time and to make a living doing the same, a single writing day must consist of doing both; therefore changing gears between First Drafting and Revision is a daily requirement. Following Kat Duncan's suggestions for changing gears has become a key part in my reaching that goal!

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