It’s the Second Draft NOT the Final Draft

It’s just not ready and I need to accept it.

Image © anthonycz & 123RF

Image © anthonycz & 123RF

Back in July I told you about the word count of my novel being on the short side. I moved ahead with edits, but was disheartened. I love this project and I don’t want to stick it in a drawer and forget about it just because it isn’t long enough to be considered by agents and publishers.

A recent blog post at Books & Such Literary Agency about Book Length depressed me even more. However, the comments helped me. One woman recommended a book and told me not to give up on my project. She suggested the book might help me identify ways to flesh out the story ‘without simply adding words.’

She gave me the push I needed. Maybe I was rushing things. You hear all the time about how quickly some writers finish their novels. I was proud of how easily the first draft poured from me and I used the adage, ‘Don’t write it right, write it down’ as I plowed forward. I knew I could fix things in subsequent drafts. But somewhere along the way I started thinking the second draft would be the big finish. Obviously, that isn’t so.

So, once I finish the line edits of this draft (Thank you Staci Troilo), I’ll begin to work on the third draft. It’s there I’ll discover ways to flesh out the story and characters. A weight has been lifted and my creativity is flowing again.

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  • mooderino

    Plenty of speed bumps here (most of my own making). Keep plowing forward!

  • mooderino

    Plenty of speed bumps here (most of my own making). Keep plowing forward!