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2nd Draft, Still Much to Do

September 7, 2012

It was a great feeling when I finished my 1st draft. The bulk of the work was over. Now it’s time to zip through my 2nd draft, finishing a chapter a week, maybe 2 weeks for the tough ones. After all, the real work was actually getting all those pages written, right.

Boy was I wrong. I have been working on chapter one of my 2nd draft for over a month now, and it’s still not complete.

So what’s taking so long?

Some scenes drag on too long, some are unnecessary. Some characters say the wrong things, others don’t even seem to make sense.

As frustrating as it sounds, this is the way it’s supposed to be. 2nd draft is about fixing story structure, and getting rid of loopholes. Authors have been known to delete hundreds of pages in their 2nd draft, throwing out entire characters, and rewriting scenes over and over until the story flows right.

Note that 2nd draft has nothing to do with grammar or sentence structure. That’s for 3rd draft. So my 2nd draft will be full of wrong punctuation and bad spelling, naturally. Once the story is interesting and has a good flow, then 2nd draft is complete.

So I’m continuing my struggle with 2nd draft. Instead of 3 months, it’s looking more like another 10 months. What do you think? Have you ever considered that a novel would involve so many drafts? Feel free to leave your comments. And don’t forget to check out this week’s trailer of my latest book, King Larsen.


From → Writing Tips

  1. Sacha permalink

    Writing is indeed cathartic at times, but it can also leave you frustrated. The thing however is just to continue writing. Putting your thoughts down in your head and getting the creative energies out is the best way to find relief. As a writer of sorts (if I can claim to be) I know that your work continues going through countless drafts to get to that stage of perfection. There is always a better way to communicate that one main idea stuck in your heart. As you keep on persisting however, it reaches that stage when you can tell yourself and show the world that you are ready.

    • I couldn’t agree more Sacha. And we also have a problem of being too hard on ourselves while striving for perfection. An issue I will address in a future article

      • Sacha permalink

        Great!!! i’m looking forward to it

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