If you’ve seen my YouTube mini series of Author Interviews, you’ll know that I’m a firm believer that there is more than one writing process and no writer writes the same way. With that being said, let me introduce you to a new exercise I’ve been trying out that’s been working really well. It’s called The Fast Draft.
If you are not good at outlining, or just want to try something different, this is a perfect place to start.
Imagine someone just asked you, “What’s your book about?” and you have to explain the events of your story to this person in a way will make them want to read it. That’s what you want to write down.
Explain your story with inviting details and don’t leave out any major or minor events. Tell the overview of the story as if you were selling it to a publisher or a potential reader. Start with introducing the character and setting, then explain the story as it unfolds and the events that happen to move the story forward. Finally, tell about the exciting incident with vivid descriptions in order to entice the person you are telling the story to. When you get to the ending, make sure to keep the reader in suspense so that the story ends with the reader feeling like they accomplished everything the main character did.
Now, look at what you wrote down. You just started your first draft. Now, all you have to do is add to it.
Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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