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06.03.2013 03:14    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Editing      Tags: antonio del drago  authoring  how to  complete  primary  draft  

Fiction Authoring In Increments - How To Complete Your Primary Draft


It's mainly because authoring a novel from start to finish is a colossal venture, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. When you ponder the range of elements that must coalesce in order to come up with a successful novel, it is easy to become paralyzed by uncertainty.

So how are you going to continue?

Simply by charting a strategy, and then moving forward purposefully, step by step.

When you break up a massive undertaking into modest, manageable elements, it can appear less complicated. An excellent technique for doing this is to come up with a checklist of each step involved in the process, and to check each one off as you make progress. When you finally have a list of steps put together, you know exactly how to start, and where you ultimately are going. This ends the paralysis.

It is also beneficial to develop a schedule and to come up with a weekly goal. But don't be too driven. Quite a few writers unknowingly sabotage their efforts by establishing impractical goals. It's a routine error, and it creates a further psychological barrier to carrying out the novel.

My own personal strategy is to establish a rather small objective for every week. As soon as I reach it, I allow myself permission to pursue different activities.

My standard plan is to spend a single week researching and planning the section, and then the following week penning it. This method helps me to develop a strong rhythm, and prevents the process from getting monotonous.

For me personally this approach works out superbly. It enabled me to complete my first manuscript in less than two years. I recognized that if I finished one 8-10 page section just about every two weeks, I would have written close to 250 pages by the end of the calendar year. The completed novel wound up being nearer to 300 pages.

Psychologically, this relieved me of a tremendous weight. I knew that as long as I fulfilled my minimum weekly goals, I would inevitably have a complete manuscript. Moreover, this empowered me to take part in some other pursuits without an internal voice reminding me that I ought to be writing.

Just be certain to keep your weekly goal modest. Believing that you need to attain an excessive word count can suck the enjoyment out of writing, and cause it to it seem like work. If you keep making progress at a set yet manageable pace, your novel will get finished. Then you can start the process of revision, and that is where the novel truly takes shape.


About the Author

Antonio del Drago is a writer, philosopher and college professor. To read his latest musings, visit his Fantasy Writing Tips blog.

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