On November 26th, I completed the first draft of DAC Passage, my third novel and the first I intended to publish. Of course, there are a lot of miles to walk to get from a first draft to a final draft. I've struggled to make progress on that road during December, primarily because I haven't had a clear plan of attack. As a GTD practitioner, I work best when I can map out a series of tangible actions to help carry me forward. Having spent the better part of a month on hiatus, I've now laid out the next steps I need to take.
- On January 8th, with the holidays behind me and my lovely girlfriend heading back overseas to continue her Masters program, I will begin the revision process in earnest. This process will consists of three steps. First, I will read the book. Second, I will build an outline of the plot and the actions taken by characters. Third, I will take notes on character traits and histories. I plan on completing this phase by January 22nd.
- On January 22nd, I will begin to turn those notes and that outline into a comprehensive outline for a second draft, in addition to writing detailed character sheets to help keep everything straight. I plan on completing this phase of the process by February 7th.
- On February 8th, I will begin writing the second draft according to the outline. I plan on this draft coming in between 60,000 and 75,000 words. My goal is to finish this draft no later than March 31st.
- On April 1st, I will begin soliciting friends for feedback.
Writing the first draft of the book required a month of intense focus. Completing a second draft will take nearly three times as long if I want to do it correctly. But I know myself well enough to know that this is the only way I'm going to get this done.
And I'm going to get it done.