FULL, FAST & FLAWED in Action
Last week, I discussed writing a FULL, FAST & FLAWED first draft. Here’s an example of it in action:
My wife, Katherine, and I traveled to Egypt in 2010. We had a great time but when we returned to the United States, Katherine felt bothered. She didn’t know what it was that was bothering her but nagging feelings convinced her she had something to say about our experience. But what?
With the FULL, FAST & FLAWED approach in mind, she documented our trip from start to finish. Using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom tablet she drew the loosest thumbnails possible with basic stick figures, pictures we took on our trip, and even wrote notes that said, “___ happens here” when she didn’t feel like drawing it. In three weeks, Katherine completed a 180-page FULL, FAST & FLAWED first draft.
She took a week off and treated herself to a few days of relaxation before reading it. Then, after slogging through 180 pages of really bad writing (by the way, she knows it was bad, I’m not going to get in trouble for saying that… I hope) she realized that she had a strong emotional reaction to only 19 of the 180 pages.
This 19-page section is what the trip was about to her. Those 19 pages are all she needed to say everything she wanted to say; it just took 180 pages to figure that out. Because she did a FULL, FAST & FLAWED first draft she focused her rewriting efforts on only 19 pages instead of 180 and in two months, she had a solid short story. Compare that to the minimum two years it would have taken if she had started the 180-page draft, writing and drawing as she went, page-by-page, only to realize by the end that she didn’t need to do it! Because of the FULL, FAST & FLAWED approach, she spared herself two years of work, and finished the project that she truly cared about in two months. That’s awesome!