Some people spend years on one of their stories, some take only weeks to complete that first draft. For the book I'm currently revising, the first draft took me around ten months. Now, I'd love it if my next one came to me faster than that, but I think it happened the way it was supposed to happen (obviously, since it happened that way).
Every time I sit down to write, I can't help but think about how my surroundings, mood, time of day, etc. all play a part in what I actually type at that specific moment in time. What if I hadn't met up at Starbucks that one particular morning? I probably would have gotten lost in house cleaning and done nothing constructive (in a writerly sense). And when I actually did find time to write, who's to say that section would turn out the same as it may have writing somewhere else, at a different time? Am I losing you yet? I guess I'm just saying find the time to write, if that's what you love doing. You never know what's going to come out... but you may wonder what's not coming out if you skip out.
While it may have taken me longer than some to write that draft, I sometimes edited as I went along (with the help of my fabulous critique gals *waves to Kristi and KM*), because I like less work later. This is why I'm terrified to try NaNoWriMo that so many people seem to dive into. Besides being insanely busy with photography in November, I can't imagine making that much work for myself later. To bust out a wretchedly rough first draft just to get it out in such a short period of time, then have to completely rework it later?? EH.
So how do you go about your first draft? Do you take your time, or do you like to rush through and rework later?
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