Drafting your book can feel like a Herculean task. Writers often ask: where do I start, how many drafts, where do I go next? It can be overwhelming, but we’ve found that finding a drafting method that clicks for you can help. Here are three popular drafting methods that our writers swear by, with a couple of useful links attached.
1. Mind Maps
If you are the visual type, then mind maps might be the way to go. All you need is paper and a pen. You start by writing down a concept or a central idea. Then, you begin tacking on connected ideas or thoughts. By the end of the process you should have a map that looks similar to a tree or web that you can refer to while diving into your draft.
Tech-savvy writers will be delighted to know that there are also downloadable programs that you can ?use to create mind maps online. Scrapple, MindManager, and Stormboard are just a few examples of the many applications available.
Here are a few helpful links on creating mind maps:
2. Index Cards
There are many ways you can use index cards to create your draft. They can be used to map out a character’s journey, organize key plot points, or even to form an argument. Some writers prefer to keep track of where they are going with their thoughts by colour-coding the cards.
This is similar in practice to the mind map approach, but unlike mind maps, you can physically move and reorganize the cards.
For more information on drafting with index cards, use the following helpful links as your guide:
3. Five-Draft Method
Also known as “Old Reliable,” the five-draft method is one of the most commonly used by writers. You begin the drafting process by creating a “junk draft” and then move on refining the work through four additional drafts, with each subsequent draft focusing on a specific element, such as structure or tone.
This method might seem overwhelming at first, but know that many of your favourite writers probably follow the same format!
Want to learn more about the five-draft method? Check out the links below:
This is just a short list of some of the drafting methods that have worked for us, increasing our creativity as well as our productivity. Comment below with the method that works best for you!