I've always loved the concept of the One-Pass Revision Method. The discovery stage is particularly helpful -- you have to establish in only a handful of words key aspects of the story, such as the theme, one-line summary, protagonist's character arc, etc. Every time I start a novel I use these tricks to keep my first draft focused. Also, my friend Amy Bai used the One-Pass Revision Method for her brilliant fantasy novel SONG. I'm secretly hoping that my IRONBANE will be a tiny bit as awesome as SONG by the time I'm done.
So I've assembled:
- Three coloured pens.
- One fresh notebook, now adorned with pretty stickers, because I am secretly a three-year-old.
- My printed first draft, a monstrous stack of paper that cannot possibly be only 85k.
Wish me luck!