Why I swear by O-drafts

diary 6

It’s been four weeks since I started writing this novel and the 0-draft is done. The beauty of a 0-draft for me is the lack of pressure—I know the prose is messy and the draft is missing details such as a number of descriptions, internal thoughts, maybe even some scenes, but it’s a 0-draft and I push on. In fact, it’s about half the length of what the novel will end up being. But I now have a skeleton to work with. And it’s ‘conciseness’ is another advantage: I can see where the parts don’t fit, I can move scenes around, and I can make notes on where more is needed to strengthen the plot, character arcs and theme. Next step: putting each scene under a microscope to do just that.

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