Question: When you are planning a novel of 50k to 100k words, how long is your first draft?

Answer: I don’t write long novels, so my answer can only speak to the length of the first draft of a 50k novel.
My first draft is usually about the same length as my finished novel but I tend to rush through the first draft, so the first draft of a novel of 50k would be a little short of that.

I tend to add bits and pieces in later drafts as I look over what I wrote. I don’t add anything to change the story, just to make it clearer and easier to read because my words have a tendency to become garbled during my first draft so later drafts are wonderful to clean things up.

That’s how I do it.

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