I wrote 44,000 words in thirty days last September while working at a remote hut I used to own. Because I moved to the forest near the state capitol to spend the winter in a tent, it wasn't possible to keep my notebook batteries charged for enough time to meaningfully work on producing a second draft.
One really does need a second draft, and a third for writers such as me. Following that third draft one has s sentence and language crafting revision and proof reading pass. Each of these processes can easily take as much time as writing the first draft.
In April and May when the weather warmed up, and after moving to another forest several hundred miles away following surgery, I skipped from step one to step four. That is, I went from a first draft to a modest revision and sentence structuring and then published the book.
My first experience at writing a novel--Cross Purposes--took several years to complete because I was journeying around the United States and wrote it on public library computers something like Johny Cash's character building a car one piece at a time. Actually I never even read the entire book all the way through before publishing it. I like Cross Purposes though, derived as it was from several years of prior versions including Alterwall Objectives.
One day I hope to be squared away enough to complete a first second and third draft in a contiguous order complete with revision and proof reading, and in under a year. That is a rather ambitious prospect with the national decline in economic opportunity and slathered up national debt given to us by the clown car of Presidents following President Reagan. At least they learned how to build up the Chinese economy and create warlord militarists in Afghanistan to enrich extraction industrialists.
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Gary C. Gibson-author of twenty-four books;Philosophy, Christian religious concerns, contemporary history, politics, science fiction and poetry. Alumnus of the Univ. of Alaska and Excelsior College, he began writing the Waveform Politics series in 1999.