post by Michelle Griep
5 Types of Rough Drafts
Sorry for the visual. Think of this one as stream of consciousness type of writing. An amplified version. A type-anything-and-everything-because-hot-dang-something-might-be-great-in-this-mess kind of mindset.
Bare bones. Tight writing. So tight, in fact, that there's lots of white space because this is only the essence of a story. There will have to be lots of additional information added.
This puppy takes a long time to write because plot flow, words, and characters are well thought out, not just slapped down willy-nilly. Sure, there will be a few nits to comb out, but overall this rough draft is about as rough as a baby's behind.
Some writers pen only dialogue on their first pass of a book. They simply put their characters on stage and let them talk. Settings and character descriptions will be added in later.
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This is the opposite of the screenplay approach. Basically it's a this-happens-then-that-happens live-action play for the entire story.
As for me, I'm of the Practically Perfect persuasion, and not just because it's fun to say. I'm just a little OCD that way.
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