There are multiple definitions for the word Draft.
I attended an Able Bodied Seaman’s course. I had to get the license to work on a dock. Years later I spent a few summers sailing.
In class, I was drawn to the word Draft and it’s marine/boating definition. I had heard the word many times before: Army draft, drafting table, writing a draft, drafting while riding a bike and a wind’s draft. But I never heard it used in it’s nautical form.
Basically, Draft in maritime terms, is actually a question: ‘How is my boat settled in the water?’. A boat’s final draft measurement consists of multiple measurements of where the water is touching the boat’s hull, how the boat is riding in the water.
I found this definition could also be a map. How is a person floating in life? What is my role in this relationship? Am I trying to carry to much? Am I floating or sinking? And lately, Can I make my story (idea) float?
Ficly offers a way to save drafts, think ‘mooring your boat’. Most of us never visit Ficly to simply write a draft. What ends up as drafts are our miserable attempts and learning how to sail our story. It rocks back and forth. It Leans to much to the left or right. It goes too fast or too slow. It’s out of control. There’s no wind in the sail’s. Our passengers are puking their guts out.
After all of that motion of emotions, most of us abandon ship by hitting that big red X in the upper right of our screens.
Please consider salvaging your piece. Strip away the flotsam and jetsam, leaving your main idea saved. In boating, a boat’s draft can be safe no matter how far down in the waterline the boat is, up to a certain point, as long as everything is distributed evenly. Lighten your story’s load and tie it up in the drafting section of your account. Return to it later, maybe weeks or months, and you may find your brain wrapping around your original idea in a more comfortable manner.