As this month of July is what they call CampNaNo, we, the YAvengers, are here to speak to you about drafting your novel. I have been told there are some who call themselves "speed-drafters," and others who refer to themselves as "slow-drafters." I am here to tell you about both.
These fine people are quite the typists. They have the blessed ability to turn off their inner-editor and let the words flow. Not only that, but the words flow with the speed of a Chitauri hovercraft. (If you missed the battle for New York, just know that means very, very fast.) The best of Speed-Drafters not only win NaNoWriMo every year, but they can sometimes write a novella in a weekend. Ten-thousand-word days are not uncommon for these writers.
|High word counts are to be celebrated.|
A downside to speed-drafting is that the resulting manuscript will usually require a great amount of revision. Turning off one's inner-editor can be a blessing when words are needed, but that editor is absolutely necessary when trying to fix a problem or find the precise word or sentence structure. Speed-drafters might be able to write a novel in a month, but the revision can take much longer to get it just right.
Does this sound like something you do?
Slow-Drafters are gifted with patience. Whether they are plotters or pantsers, architects or gardeners, slow-drafters want to get things just right. Rather than turn off the inner-editor while drafting, they use it. They take their time constructing sentences and scenes, making sure they have it the way they want it. The good news of this is that revisions tend to take less time. For those of you who despise revising, perhaps this method might be your style.
You might think the downside to this method is spending so much time editing during the draft that they never finish the novel. This is certainly a struggle for some slow-drafters, but a practiced slow-drafter will know when to cut themselves off from tweaking and move on. Slow-Drafters do in fact finish novels.
|YES. YES. THEY. DO!|