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#FirstDraft60 Day 19 — Review and Catch-Up Day

Saturday, September 19, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comSaturdays throughout this challenge are going to be our days to review what we’ve covered during the week, and to catch up on anything we fell behind with.

When doing any kind of a challenge like this in which the goals are cumulative, it’s always good to build in a day (or two) to be able to get caught up on anything we’ve fallen behind with. Because most of us work during the week, we have more time to do this on the weekends. So for the next five or six weeks, be sure to set aside time on your weekend, whether on Saturday or Sunday to stop, review what you’ve accomplished throughout the previous week, and then caught up on anything you didn’t have time to finish or even start.

This isn’t permission to slack off during the week. It’s to give you permission to not beat yourself up if you don’t get an assignment done or a goal accomplished on the day it’s assigned. As long as you give it your best effort and the complete it by the end of the week, you’ll be able to stay on track.

So let’s begin.

Part 1: Review of the Week
Here are all of the assignments from this past week:

Assignment: What are some other activities you can add to the “Creative” column that will help you in preparing to write your story? What are some other “Analytical” activities you are doing that are hindering you from being able to have fun and be imaginative in creating your characters and brainstorming ideas for your story?

Assignment 1: Read this post to find out what I mean by “draft writing.”

Assignment 2(a): Using the draft-writing technique explained in the above-linked post, write a scene of at least 500 words in which one of your viewpoint characters goes to the market for groceries.

Assignment 2(b): How was it to use the draft writing technique? How many words did you end up with—and how long did it take you? What did you learn about your character? Did you add that new knowledge to your Story Bible?

Assignment 1: Determine what you want your final word count to be for your completed first draft—or at least the word-count you’d like to reach at the end of this challenge—and post it in the comments section along with your calculation of what you’ll need to average daily to reach it and how you intend on scheduling your time to reach the daily goals.

Assignment 2: Determine how you will track your word-count progress and share your plan in the comments.

Assignment 3: Decide if you want to track your writing-related time/projects and, if so, share how you intend to do so in the comments.

Assignment 1: Determine what your writing schedule will be for each day in October. It may be the same every day, or you may have to mix it up based on prior commitments.

Assignment 2: If don’t already have a wall calendar, print one out and hang it up. Make sure the calendar is hanging somewhere everyone in the house can see it. Write your writing schedule for every day in October on the calendar.

Assignment 3: Share with us what your plan is to make sure that you’re able keep to your writing schedule throughout October.

Assignment: What are you going to do when obstacles and challenges arise during this challenge?

Part 2: Catch-Up, Update, and Brainstorm
Assignments for Saturday:

  1. Review everything you’ve done so far and catch-up with anything you couldn’t get to or couldn’t finish during the week.
  2. Update your Story Bible and Style Guide based on everything you came up with this week.
  3. Once you’ve caught up and have everything updated, do some “what if” brainstorming with your character information and backstories and see if you can come up with some additional ideas for either the characters themselves or for your story/plot. Have fun with this. And if you feel inspired to write some scenes, do it!
  4. Check in and let us know how you’re doing, what you’ve accomplished, and what you hope to achieve this weekend.

Above all else, have a great weekend!

One Comment
  1. Carol permalink
    Saturday, September 19, 2015 5:28 pm

    I’m still here and still working through the process. I’m kind of going back and forth between sections of the work. I am getting a better handle on the story-YAY!!


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