Writing Process Survey

I have been slacking in my work lately and I thought after seeing this survey I would fill it out and hope for a little more inspiration to start writing.  Though, now that I type that out I remember a quote about writing.

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I really should listen to the people around me and just start writing, whether I feel inspired or not.

Anyways let’s get to the survey.  Before I forget, I kind of stole this idea from Jodie Llewellyn.  <–Go check her out.  And as she mentioned in her own blog, this survey comes from absolute write forums. Which I had never heard of until today and I now plan to stalk the site…

What genre do you write: I stick to mainly YA fantasy. I guess that is what you would consider it.  Lots of vampires and worlds that are only real in my mind.
How many books have you written:  So far I have written and finished 2, but I am working on a 3rd and have several waiting on the back burner to be picked up again.
Are you published? I self published one book, but it is no longer available.  I want to become traditionally published and has been my dream for some time now.

How long do you let an idea “simmer” before you start writing? Ha!  I am impatient.  I start writing as soon as I get an idea.  Then I put it away for a little bit and come back later.
How much pre-story planning do you do in the form of outlines, character sketches, maps, etc.? None.  I just start writing.  Once I finish writing, then I go back and find where there are plot holes or things don’t match up. Maybe I make it a little harder on myself.
If you use an outline, what type do you use (snowflake, index card, etc):  I was never good at making outlines.  I have outlines of each chapter of the 2 books I have written and it was done after the books were finished.  

How many drafts do you usually go through before you’re “done”? I have been through two drafts of my first book and I know there are several more to come.  Seeing as I have not had a published book yet, I would say about a million…
How long does it take you to write a first draft? My first book took 4 years…the second about 2.  I had a lot in my way.  I am just now able to sit down and write like I want to write.  Hopefully I can stick to a better time line.  A few months. 
How long do revisions usually take you?  My first revision of my first book I think took about a month.  I poured through every chapter and really paid attention to all the little things that are skipped over.  Not to mention the friends that I had look over it as well.
Are your revised drafts substantially different plot-wise from your first draft?  They will be.  I have a lot to change in both of my books. That is one of the reasons I decided to remove my book that I had self published.  I realized how unfinished it was.


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