Yesterday: I got to edit! Oh, how I love editing. Every rough draft is just that: rough. Reading the first draft will totally do a number on a writer’s self image because all rough drafts are horrific. It’s the 2nd draft work that makes the strong com alive–at least for me. It’s when I take little sentences like, “I saw someone dressed in black crawl over the side of the boat,” and change them into so much more. It’s the time when I can look at the big picture of the story and adjust things here and add things there. So many people often tell me they have trouble writing and that they just can’t write. I promise you that on the first pass, I can’t write either. It’s the editing that makes stories take off, so don’t let your first draft discourage you. 🙂
I hand wrote about 2 pages of expanded scenes. Today, I have to put them into the computer, and I will hopefully post some of the changes in my next post!
What’s your favorite part of the writing process? How much does your manuscript change from draft one to draft two?