Granted, these words are pretty rough in quality. But they're not completely unusable, either - the flow of the story feels decent, and I find myself excited to keep pushing ahead (rather than dying to stop and revise). I'm delighted that I seem to have at last found a balance between speed and quality that'll work for me in this first rough draft.
The funny part is, I'd tried this technique before back during the days I was slaving away on Tainted City, and it didn't work at all for me then. I think because I hadn't found the right approach to the outline - I would either take so long to come up with a detailed one that I felt I might as well have just started writing the scene straight out, or else I'd write a list too vague to be useful. The key that's made it work for me now is to outline only the part I know I'll find most difficult to write (usually either dialogue or details of action). If I think through that first, then all the rest (description, etc) is easy to fill in when I sit down to tackle the scene.
Yet again, proof that every writer - heck, even every book! - is different; and you've got to fiddle around and adapt and discover what works for you in the moment.
In other news, I'm looking forward to attending MileHiCon here in Denver the weekend after next (I'll post my schedule in a few days). But here's the best news of all: some of the roads from Boulder up into the mountains have re-opened! (Everything's been closed for ages due to flood damage.) I'm totally thinking of ditching the keyboard for a hike this weekend. Sadly, the fall color season in the high country is already over...but in honor of beautiful fall days in the mountains, I'll leave you with a couple pics from a previous Colorado autumn.
|Aspen near Brainard Lake (red aspen are my favorite!)
|Aspen along the Peak-to-peak Highway west of Boulder