Okay, so I recently started drafting another novel, and for me, it's equivalent to a race. A sprint. When I draft, I draft.
Usually I can fly through a novel in a matter of days, but the amount of work it takes to clean that up later is astronomical.
This has kept me from drafting anything of length in quite a while. See, recently I've wanted my writing to be perfect when I draft it. I don't want to have to go through the pain of revisions to fix it. (Which makes no sense, because I really like revising!)
Anyway, I'm trying something a little bit new for me during the drafting stage.
In the past, I've highlighted things in yellow that need more thought/attention. That's it. So I draft, writing writing writing, and anything that needs more thought than I can give it at the time gets highlighted.
Well, in addition to that, I'm ballooning myself too. So I have some highlighted things (like the name of a city that needs more thought) and this time I'm also writing notes to myself.
So on page 97, when I realize that I need to spend more time in the previous pages mentioning a character I've forgotten about, I balloon myself a note.
Or when I've written a previous scene completely wrong because I've forgotten about someone's ability, I balloon it so I can go back and fix it later.
See, I'm all about drafting a whole novel before fixing anything. In the past, I've merely noted it mentally and moved on. I'm sure you can imagine how that's ended.
So balloons. It's my new drafting technique. So far, so good.
What tips and tricks do you have for drafting?