IWSG: To Draft or Not

It’s not in my nature to write a draft. I outline obsessively, changing the numbers on the scenes as soon as I write one. I do have an outline for “Home from the Woods.” However, NaNoWriMo broke the mold. I said I was writing a draft and off I went. Freedom beckoned. No need to worry about which day that happened or when to use commas before ‘and’—I just write.

I recommend writing a free-flowing draft before the plot as jelled in your head to an unmovable piece of cement. The draft is up to cutting and pasting, deleting redundant information, and taking out those prosy verses.

Who’s with me on this? The joy of words falling next to whole paragraphs, or do you prefer the scene pillowed and perhaps lame, limping toward the inevitable black moment?

Hurray for me learning something new—at seventy-five!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the December 2nd posting of the Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

2 Replies to “IWSG: To Draft or Not

  1. I agree we need to get the story down before we go back and edit but my poor mind doesn’t work that way… I have to. It’s the OCD in me.

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