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#FirstDraft60 Day 33 — Saturday Review and Catch-Up

Saturday, October 3, 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. And now that we’re writing, it’s time to catch up with word count if we’ve fallen behind during the previous week, too.

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 until October 30, be sure to set aside time on your weekend, whether on Saturday or Sunday to stop, update your Story Bible, and get caught up on your word count.

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 meet your daily word-count goals or if circumstances make it impossible to write on a day you’d planned to. 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.

Assignments for Saturday:

  1. Review everything you’ve written so far. Remember that we’re draft writing, so don’t spend too much time revising—but making a few corrections or revisions/additions here or there is okay. But it’s better during this process to make notes (in the Revisions section of your Story Bible and/or in comments in your document) of what you’re going to want to change once you finish the first draft and start your rewrites/revisions for your second draft.
  2. Update your Story Bible and Style Guide based on everything you wrote this week.
  3. If you’re behind on word count, do some 1k1h sprints this weekend to get caught up (and possibly get ahead).
  4. Once you’ve caught up and have everything updated, do some “what if” brainstorming 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 more, do it!
  5. 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. Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:28 pm

    So . . . I’m in Arkansas with my parents, so it’s been hard these last couple of days to pull myself away to focus on writing. But now, while my mom is working on school stuff and my dad is watching the Arkansas–Tennessee game (go, Hogs!), I’ve ensconced myself in the sitting room to, ostensibly, watch the LSU football game. But since my goal for yesterday and today was to get through the writing I’d already done on this story and make notes of changes my new insights into the story will necessitate while also making notes for scenes that I need to set up in those chapters before starting to write new stuff. So I can do that while the football game runs in the background.

    Tomorrow (Sunday) we’re going to go out to the lake; and while my parents fish, I’m going to spend the time writing. I need to be averaging 2,500 words per day in order to complete what for me should be a first-draft. Though as I told my writing buddy Liz the other day, this one could turn out to be the one that might only be novella length. I seriously doubt it, since I’ve never had a novella-length story idea before. But until I actually write it, I’ll never know!


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