Realizing that the rough draft is little more than an outline writ large (see what I did there?) has been a pivotal paradigm shift in my approach to novel construction. Once, though I knew better than to edit as I wrote, I would agonize over the words I typed, slowing my progress to a crawl. I have since adopted the following mantra: pretty in post! So long as I’m (mostly) true to my outline and I believe in my character motivations, I write with abandon. Seriously, I abandon the words on the page and simply watch the movie playing in my head. Whatever words happen to hit the keyboard during a certain scene serve mostly to remind me what I imagined on the first pass. Then, in subsequent drafts, I refine the scene from mere verbal cues pointing at a mental tableau into prose others can digest in order to receive the same (well close tot he same) image.
What an amazing feat of, albeit slow, telepathy.
Oh, and I updated my counters to reflect 70% completion for NaNo. That puts me at about 44% for the full rough draft of The Doorlands.
— david j.