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Hello All, Sorry my post is late today but here it is none the less. I wanted to share the last month of my writing life with you, to share the “slog” of the “One Draft At a Time” check list that I am following, for the first time, on my current work in progress. Slog is such a descriptive word and for a writer, not a bad one. It says it all.
Mary Burton, www.maryburton.com , author of numerous works, mostly romantic suspense, gave a workshop that I attended last October. Her workshop was based on the One Draft At a Time system that she developed and uses herself. It is a thorough and thought-provoking process that has me at times pulling hair, because it involves a lot of “slogging” through, but you have to pay such attention to detail that I hope to find, at the end, that it has all been worth it! This is WORK! But writing does, eventually, come down to just that, work. Mary uses a six or seven draft system where you use each draft to check on only one thing, like a certain word, or whether the structure is good, or if the story flows. Each of these steps has their own draft. Of course there is much more to it than that, but I can’t go into details because it is her copy-written process and I honor that. Being somewhat uninspired right now, yet determined, I thought the journey I'm on a perfect subject to write of today. I hope (REALLY) to find at the end, that the process, the road map she has laid before me, will lead me to the destination that I seek. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to slog through until I know I have produced the best work I possibly can.What about you? Do you have a set process you use to edit/revise? Thanks for dropping by!