The Second First Draft

I had an epiphany the other day.

My second draft is usually worse than my first. (Or, at least, just as bad.) And that's a good thing.

I tend to write a fairly "clean" first draft, but it's stiff, awkward. The second draft is where I am able to dig in and let my freak flag fly.

Of course, right now, I'm working on a ninth draft that I'm having to do that to. I'm not calling it a rewrite. Because I don't want to break down weeping. But I realized that I was polishing all the silver on the Titanic. It was gleaming and yet dull at the same time. Time to toss out the polish and make a bigger mess than I started with.

Also...Still time to enter my Cheapskate Giveaway and win a copy of A Curse Dark as Gold.

8 comments:

  1. You're so brave, Karen! I love revision, but by the upteenth draft, I get your fine print feeling, too!

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  2. I usually write a fairly clean first draft too. I tend to go back and fix as I go. I've lost track of how many drafts I'm at for my current wip.

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  3. I'm pulling my hair out over a "second first draft" (or is it a TWENTY-second?). I know it isn't going to be the perfect book, but I'd like to get it to the point where it's breathing on it's own instead of needing CPR all the time!

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  4. 2nd draft is worse? Don't tell me that!! :) I'm still on my first. Trying to finish it. I'd love to be on a ninth just to know it's nearing completion...and that's what it is Karen—NEARING COMPLETION!! YAY!

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  5. I hadn't thought about it, but my second drafts are messier too.

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  6. I'm considering changing my whole book to 1st person, which means a whole rewrite. What am I thinking?

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  7. I'm leaning toward another rewrite too, and I'm with you on not calling it that for the same reasons. So overwhelming to think about. Good luck! And if you need me to read again, you know where to find me. :)

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