Fast Draft is program set up and created by the wonderful Candace Havens to help plotters and pantsers alike get the first draft of a story started (or finished). It was similar to Boot Camp for this Navy Veteran--but in a good way. I learned just how far I could reach a goal. Though I did keep up with the grueling 5,000 words a day for the first five days of the two week session, Easter weekend tripped me up but I still maintained a comfortable, approximately 2,000-4,500 words a day from there on.
At the end of the two weeks instead of having the 70,000 words intended (if you continue with 5k a day for two weeks), I still had a satisfying 45,000 words. If you consider NaNoWriMo, the program in which you write 50,000 words in a month it--45k in two week is not too shabby at all. (Yes, I've done two years of NaNoWriMo so I know 50k in a month can be done, too.)
But more importantly whether I made 'the' goal, I learned some valuable lessons.
- I needed something to inspire me to just sit and write again (don't think-just write).
- I can set daily writing goals and achieve a good number of words a day. Even a couple thousand words a day can get a story done.
- I can be like the great Nora Roberts and write for 6-8 hours a day and pump out 5,000 words --though she probably has a higher word count. (Just might not be able to do it all the time). Love her and her stamina! She's my heroine!
- I learned my characters write the story--I'm just along for the ride. (Which I hear is fabulous from some authors I've talked to lately.)
- It's okay to have your plot change a bit--just keep writing. Don't stop! Make the changes and editions later. (Take notes as you go along.)
- Setting up 1,000 words in an hour (1k1h) sessions is fun for you and friends. Take breaks in between to exercise, catch up on housework (change over that load of laundry), pick up the kids from school, prep dinner, etc. MAKE SURE YOU STRETCH AND GET UP! (Otherwise you will be sore and stiff.)