Kinda like this, but not. At all. Cuz that would hurt.
I've been getting a lot of questions about how I've drafted Shiny Old Idea so quickly. (For those counting, I'm at 55K in 8 days, and if you read the excerpt on the post below, you can tell it's not crap quality. Though there will definitely be revisions needed.)
The short answer is this. (NaNoWriMo)
The long answer is slightly more complicated. Though it does stem from NaNo (I've participated for four years now, and I became serious about writing during my second year), there are a bunch of other factors. NaNo taught me that the best way to go about making a publishable novel is to have a novel to make publishable.
You can't make a diamond out of nothing.
...but it does come from coal.
Between being a high school/college student always having to finish papers last-minute and having a predisposition to focus wholeheartedly on the task at hand (swimmer), I became very good at churning out good quality, high quantity words in a short period of time.
In my third year of NaNo, I wrote with a very detailed outline, hit 50K in 15 days, and finished the novel at 80K in 23 days, all with a decent plot and okay writing. I was 16, and that was the novel that told me writing could be something for me.
Last November, I wrote Splashback, the 60K novel I'm querying, in twelve days. It was 55K then, and had a few plot issues. After two rounds of revision, pages are out with 12 agents, and it's surprising to me how much of the original version is in the final draft.
Still, when I started Playing God a week ago, I scrapped the outline and started writing, setting a 5K/day goal for myself, with 10K on weekends. It's scary, but since Playing God is a complete rewrite of an oooold novel (thus the moniker Shiny Old Idea), I know the characters well enough to make this work.
And even as I see issues, I know this is my best work yet, though I'll probably (hopefully) finish on Saturday, after two weeks.
Some people need to edit as they go. Some people have less time than I do. Some people get frustrated with their characters, or their plot, or their computer. And some people, like me, having lightning fingers.
I think I do this because I don't want to lose the rush of inspiration that drives me. If I set a goal, I'll work like hell to get there, even if it's though the hardest chunk of the novel (my 10K Sunday was 40-50K, which are the worst words for me in a novel.). But now it's behind me, and I'd still be going at it a week from now if I hadn't buckled down with that goal.
How do you draft? Do you use an outline? Have you done NaNo? I'm so curious as to the writing processes of others because I live sort of in a vacuum when it comes to writers.
Tell all in the comments, pleeeease? (for virtual cookies and hugs and daisy chains?)
(And if you don't, well, I have lightning fingers!)