#FirstDraft 60 Day 13: A Draft-Writing Assignment #amwriting #nanoprep #nanowrimo
In addition to continuing to work on all of the character development projects from last two weeks, today we’re going to try our hands at actually doing some writing.
We’re almost halfway through the thirty days of prep work, so now is a great time to try your hand at practicing the type of writing we’re going to need to do starting November 1 in order to be able to get that first draft written.
Part 1: Draft Writing vs. Regular Writing
Assignment 1: Read this post to find out what I mean by “draft writing”: NaNo Prep: Draft Writing vs. Regular Writing
Go on—go read it now. I’ll wait . . .
Part 2: Writing Assignment
Assignment 2: Using the draft-writing technique explained in the above-linked post, write a short scene of approximately 500 words in which one of your viewpoint characters must face one of their greatest fears, whether it’s doing something physically (bungee jumping, going into water/swimming, etc.), mentally (public speaking, performing creatively under pressure, etc.), or emotionally (telling someone a secret, saying “I love you” without knowing the response, someone with social anxiety going to a party, etc.). Or at least write about them doing something that makes them uncomfortable or coming face-to-face with someone they really don’t like.
This is a writing exercise, which means there’s a 99% chance that what you write in this assignment won’t end up in your story. But it’s a great way not only to practice Draft Writing, but also to get inside your character’s head prior to actually starting to write your story.
For Discussion: 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?
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