A Page a Day

I’ve averaged a little less than a page a day for the last two years or so. Some months have been better than others. I’ve finished a first draft of Book One and I’m about 50,000 words into a first draft on Book Two. I did start a second draft of Book One but stopped in favor of going ahead on Book Two. I’ve realized that my best weapon for fighting perfectionism is to make my first draft a “discovery draft.” It allows me to go places with characters just to discover what might happen. It doesn’t have to be good writing and it doesn’t even have to have a chance of making it into the final work but freeing myself to discover is a great way to move forward. I like the analogy someone made of the first draft being putting sand in a sandbox from which I’ll later make castles.