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#FirstDraft60 Day 30 — Tomorrow We Start Writing

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comWe’ve gone through twenty-nine days of prep work in order to get us, hopefully, to the point at which we’re more prepared to sit down and start writing a story than we’ve ever been in our lives. But, if you’re anything like me . . . you’ve probably fallen a bit behind on the planning. (Confession time: I just yesterday figured out the main conflict/dark moment for my story because I just yesterday figured out my heroine’s internal conflicts.)

Today is the last day of preparation before we set everything else aside—all the research, all the character casting/ development, all the outlining, all the preplotting, all the worldbuilding—and start writing.

I usually post these instructions on Saturdays (and you’ll see them in a slightly modified version this coming Saturday), but it’s important that we spend time doing this today, before we start writing tomorrow.

Time to Catch Up:

  1. Review everything you’ve done so far and catch-up with anything you couldn’t get to or couldn’t finish during the previous 29 days.
  2. Update your Story Bible and Style Guide based on everything you came up with in the past 29 days.
  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 still need to get done today in order to start writing tomorrow.

  1. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:15 am

    Ready to dive in! I’ve restructured my mornings for writing time, and most of my evenings. Carving out those moments is sometimes harder than I had imagined. My goal is at least 1500-2000 words a day.


  2. Daphne Woodall permalink
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:40 pm

    I’m still playing catch up. So I’m going to do double duty and write while I’m finishing some of the assignments. Not ideal but I’m not giving up.
    Fortunately my day job is doing this challenge. The daily challenges have been most encouraging and with my story bible as my guide I feel more confident than ever to get this first draft. Draft writing goes against the grain but I’m going to try.
    Interested in what your daily comments will be. Or will you be silent for the next 30 days? Hope not ~~~~~


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