DRAFT TWO is underway.
I realised I had more post-it-notes than manuscript, and my attempts to fix the existing pages were just frustrating and annoying me. I’m a different writer than I was back when I started this project in January. I felt like a do-over! Which is what a second draft is, obviously, I just didn’t make the connection until it happened to me…about two and a half hours ago.
I am following the Tao of Renee, writing a second draft using my first draft and attached post its as guidelines.
No cut and paste allowed!
For this pass, I am also doing a few tricks I read about in an article on Annie Dillard’s writing class. I have no idea how I stumbled on it, or I would put a link here. I also read it through mightly quickly and took zero notes. Take anything I’m about to say with a grain of salt!
I moved my last chapter to the beginning. (Holy crap, she was right! That does look better. For now, anyway.)
I am putting all my death and disease cards on the table right at the top (She seemed to think this was important. It works for me as I have a deathly disease prone main character to introduce, haha.)
The last paraphrased-from-Dillard trick I shall try, and my main area of concentration for this pass, is to focus on verbs verbs verbs. Specificity of verbs/actions. I like my characters and the things they’re getting up to a little better already.
Chapter one and the intro to chapter two down… eleventy billion to go.
How is everyone’s writing week going so far?