You should read this in order to understand a bit how I write my plot bunnies and the fics, since I’ve been told that my system is rather weird by some of the betas I’ve had previously.
The first step I do when I write is what I call the original draft. Sometimes it’s more like some type of telegram with blocks of ideas that I will later expand on, but more often than not the original draft is more story like. It is rarely less than a page long as I usually do write more and tend to get carried away. I usually stop when I reach a part where I can’t expand on, or I’m not happy about. Then come what I have called revisions, although it’s more like re-writes.
I usually take what I like from the original draft, and when I reach the point I did not like or was unhappy about then I start with the modifications for the story. I usually work by handwriting the ideas then when I can get myself to do it, I type them to the computer. To avoid having to write all that I liked from the original draft (I’m rather lazy, but I also have the trouble that I start changing things whenever I copy them), I simply add a note on the first page of the revision to indicate the page from the original draft where I’m starting and get to work on the story.
I do not work with chapters until I’m satisfied with the story, so once I decide that I’m going to post it I go over it and select where I will make the chapter cuts.
My way of writing posed a problem when I thought of posting in the blog, because some stories have many revisions, Apprentice for example has around 70, with at least four pages each, but usually much more than that. The number of revisions does not indicate the number of chapters a story will have, only that I have explored many possible ideas, or even corrected major mistakes in plot or other things.
To make it easier to follow I decided that I will include the original draft, subsequent revisions whenever I post a revision. I’ll be like re-writes of the story, but each independent so you don’t have to go back many posts to locate where I dropped off.