Plot before hand if you’re a plotter. If you don’t know, give it a try and see what happens. Or otherwise prepare yourself for writing as much as you can. Remember that we’re not in it to write the perfect first draft.
As novelist Jane Smiley said:
Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist. It’s perfect in its existence. The only way it could be imperfect would be not to exist.
We’re here to write as much as possible in the shortest time frame possible, and even if you think those five pages you wrote are garbage, they count anyway. The infernal internal editor doesn’t get to voice an opinion during blitz drafting, so tell her to park her butt in a closet and you’ll take her out when it’s over. Just write, write, write, write, write as fast as you can. And have fun while you’re doing it!
If you’re part of a group that does blitz drafting, send an email to the list if you’re having any problems. Someone, or more likely, five or more someone’s, will end up responding with kicks in the butt, words of encouragement, words of wisdom, or virtual chocolate.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s important to have fun. So, have fun!
For stuff in unreal worlds, design maps and work out a gazetteer so you don’t say a smeep is a plant in one chapter and an animal in another. Have pick-lists of names ready so you don’t sit there going, "This character just appeared as a necessary part of the plot. What’s their name?
And how many times have I done this? Sigh. Far too many. Gotta cook up a list before hand. Yup.
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