Draft Zero: literally just freewriting

In preparation for this post and the following story, I dedicated two hours of my evening to figuring out the names of the characters who were going to appear. This involved finding an appropriate meaning, and then origin, and then linguistic magic to switch voiced consonants into unvoiced consonants and vice versa. And voila! I found names for the god of the past, the god of the present, and the god of the future. Titans turned gods when their world crumbled and died around them. I’m extremely excited about this story.

For the sake of this feeling like an experiment, I’m going to start with a Draft Zero approach. This is essentially just writing everything out, stream-of-consciousness-style writing that just takes one one word at a time. It was described in several of my sources as an outlining style (which I don’t buy into for a second), so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and I’ll try it to see how well it goes for me. The difference between this and pantsing (I’m not sure if writers use this as a term–it means something very different if my memory from high school serves me correctly) is that the draft zero is supposed to definitely be a draft–there should never be any indication that this becomes your final product. Writing draft-zero style includes an obligatory clean-up period and rewrite. This should provide a base for me to jump off for the purpose of analyzing how well I feel the different outlining styles suit me.

Read Ballad of Behemoths here.

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