Started transcribing the notebook pages I’ve written in the last few days onto the computer this morning. I also added some stuff to my outline. If you would have told me I’d be writing longhand and using outlines a few books ago I would have said No Way.
But I really like writing this way, having deliberate steps in my process. Outlining gives me time and permission to dream up plot points. Writing in longhand feels less like work and more fun than typing at the computer. And then when I do get around to typing, I automatically revise and polish, so that the rough draft isn’t such a beast when I finish.
It will still be a mess, because sometimes I am in the mood to just type the day’s scene into the computer, which is fine. Doing it this way I’m at least smoothing out some of it, like choosing better words and popping in some layering and detail, things I didn’t know needed until I’d written the chapter.
It’s easier to do that kind of first pass revision now than when I have a whole manuscript to go through.
Still too soon to say if this book is going to come in “short” on pages like my others manuscripts always have, but I think I may have a solid draft by the end of the summer.