My first drafts are now skeletons. I gradually add muscle and skin and dress the bones in the revision layers.
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The revision layers take a lot longer than the draft, but are far more effective because I can focus on one layer at a time.
1) Motive: At the end of the scene I ask myself, "Why are my characters behaving this way?Is this behavior true to his or her temperament?
I find it easier to write with the character profiles nearby, so I can refresh my memory about their motivations and purpose. (Blatant plug - having the Build A Cast Workbook by my side is invaluable).
2) Descriptions: I use photos, diagrams, and other prompts to set the scene, add atmosphere, and describe people and places.
3) Dialogue tags and gestures: I have lists of visceral responses and gestures and cross each of them off when I've used them once or twice. I choose a speech pattern and verbal tics for my characters. I make sure their dialogue is consistent throughout by scrolling through the manuscript one character at a time, stopping when I reach their verbal interactions and checking for consistency.
4) Sentence structure: The first draft has simple sentences. When revising, I vary the sentence length and add cumulative sentences. I make sure my nouns and verbs agree and my punctuation is where it needs to be.
5) Hooks: I add creative first and last lines for each chapter. I try to get the goal of the scene in at the beginning and the new goal in at the end.
6) Theme: I make sure actions and dialogue address theme.
7) Adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech: I consult lists and cross them off when I use them.
First drafts always need work. Why waste a lot of time on something you will rewrite anyway? Give the bares bones approach a try. It might keep you from rewriting sentences over and over instead of moving onto the next scene or chapter.