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#FirstDraft60 Day 14: Review & Catch-Up Day #amwriting #nanoprep #nanowrimo

Saturday, October 15, 2016

#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 haven’t done yet. Because most of us work during the week, we have more time to do this on the weekends. So for the next 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. Click the day of the week to open that post in a new tab/window.


    Assignment 1: Read the post “Don’t Think. Just Write.” and complete the creative vs. analytical exercise.

    Assignment 2: Review the Week 1 assignments and work on anything you haven’t finished yet.


    Assignment: Add your characters’ physical description (using the [posted] “chart” or something of your own making) to your Story Bible. Cast your characters, if desired.


    Assignment: Determine your main characters’ Goals, Motivations, and Conflicts.


    Assignment: Write out your main characters’ full backstory.


    Assignment: Read the Draft Writing vs. Regular Writing post and then complete the draft-writing assignment.

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!

  1. Carol permalink
    Saturday, October 15, 2016 6:10 pm

    Need to review Wednesday and Thursday. I think both of those need to be fleshed out a little more. But I’m overall happy with my progress. 🙂

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  2. Shirley Taylor permalink
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:28 pm

    Need to catch-up on Days 11-13 assignments today!

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  3. Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:46 pm

    I’m following the calendar that I set up for Day 16 (and since today’s only Day 17, I’m still at 100% for following it!) and got caught up through Day 9 on Monday. Today (Tuesday), I’m going to work on Day 10 (character descriptions/character casting—I may be re-casting the template for my hero). And then, if my scheduled time allows, I’ll get started on Days 11 and 12 (GMC and backstories).


  4. Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:59 pm

    Okay, I’m still a week behind. But I hope to get much further along before I go to bed tonight. And then there’s most of tomorrow.


    • Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:33 pm

      It’s 9:30 p.m. here and after several hours of playing with my new toy (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and, naturally, cleaning my kitchen and bathroom as I get the zeal for only when procrastinating on writing assignments, I’m getting ready to dive in and start playing catch-up. Which means a very late night for me tonight. But that’s when I’m at my most creative, so hopefully I’ll make some good progress!


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