Spent much of yesterday afternoon reading through Chapters 1-5 of First Draft in 30 Days, but Karen Wiesner. Wow, is all I can say. So far I've found it really interesting and I'm even more eager now to start a new ms so I can try it out. BUT, I must finish editing my current one first *sigh*. So I'm looking forward to getting to Chapter 8 which covers applying the method to a complete or stalled ms. I read Ch 6 during commercials last night while in front of the TV. Just couldn't stay away from it.
Also spent some time creating new templates in WriteWayPro, based on the worksheets in the book. This will make it easier when I start the new ms to do a formatted outline, as I'll be able to use this book as the template for my new one (those of you who use WWP will understand what I mean). I'm thinking that between this method and the software, I'll be far more productive.
So far what has impressed me the most about the book is the emphasis by the author on the fact this is a method that can be adapted to an individual writer's needs. NOTHING is set in stone. She's giving you tools to work with, not a set of iron-clad rules on how to write a first draft. Its very flexibility is what makes it so appealing. I can see myself using it and making it work.
Granted, it also appears that I'm already doing some of what the author recommends - our writing processes are already similar. But I definitely need focus and direction at times and I'm hoping the ideas, tips, techniques and worksheets presented will help me with that.
I'll keep reporting back here as I continue my work with FDi30D. But for now, I'd best get on with that synopsis!
Thanks again Lynn for mentioning FDi30D and directing me to Karen's website!!!