When I type “the end” on a first draft, the story is basically finished. All the plot points are there, the characters are developed, the fight scenes are fleshed out, as are the make-out scenes. 🙂
I thought this was pretty typical for writers — that we all get to ‘the end,’ then we go back and add details, work on descriptions, nail down character tics, looks for redundancies and stupid mistakes.
Apparently, I was wrong. As I get to know more writers, beta read, and blog stalk, I’ve learned there are a lot of ways to get to the end of a draft. Some of them leave notes like, “Fight scene occurs. Jack’s nose is broken.” Or, “They kiss.” (Although, why you would delay writing a kissing scene, I will never understand.)
At first, I thought my way was better. That you’re not really done until every bit of information is in the story. Then a friend explained it to me like this:
“Sometimes I get stuck. I know what has to happen, but the words don’t fall into place. Instead of beating myself up about it, I just move to the next scene that wants to be written. That way I don’t lose momentum.”
This person also averages three-thousand words a day, compared to my measly one thousand.
Maybe they know something I don’t. And I’m guessing that you probably do to.
What helps you get through a first draft? Do you skip parts of the story that are difficult to write, or do you get every bit down?