How do you draft your manuscript?
And how did I get interested in this topic?
I thought it might be interesting to share some methods Chris and I use and see what other authors do.
First …a little background.
At some cons Chris and I wind up as guests on several panels. I’m not sure sometimes how we got pegged as experts on anything. Ha!
At the last con, I wound up on a panel for a workshop on drafting and we had to come up with what we do to draft our works, which is weird for anyone writing with a partner. Chris and I threw together a powerpoint presentation because that’s what he and I do to stay on track in a panel, otherwise we tend to get easily distracted by shiny things and digress a lot.
We have several presentations like this. Some new authors think they’re great because it’s sort of organized instead of just a bunch of people at a table throwing out ideas and most panel goers don’t have a notepad with them..They can take a packet, write notes on it, etc.
Unfortunately the rest of the panel decided to spend 2 hours talking about their publishing experiences, editors, and their local writing group who seemed to mostly be interested in tearing up authors works in progress instead. I was the one indie author in a crowd of traditional authors from another city who all knew each other. Since I run a booth with the hubby and a few minions (Yes, I actually have a minion who cosplays as a minion at cons – LOL), I generally spend most of my time there at the booth and can’t mingle or network at most cons. I’m sure I miss out on some great conversations, but honestly I’d rather send the hubby to deal with that sometimes.
So here’s our program. I hope you all find it useful or at least interesting how two people can work out a way to draft manuscripts together. Maybe if you’re stuck on your manuscript, it may give you an alternative or two to try.
However, I still would love to hear about what you do. Do you have a set process for drafting?
Maybe it’s time to start a dialogue about our processes? 🙂