The process of an agile first draft is to iterate to a first draft rather than iterating from a first draft. The aim is to segment story elements, decision points and creative effort in order to craft a more robust first draft in less time.


An agile first draft is designed to:

  • Start your draft faster by avoiding excessive prewriting activities.
  • Get the story out of your head and onto paper more quickly and with less effort.
  • Figure out what needs work before you’re 50,000 words deep into the story.
  • Adapt and make corrections more easily with fewer words to change.

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