Monday, November 28, 2011

The Hated Rough Draft

I'm looking at my two rough drafts, trying to decide which one to revise, and I realize something...

Revising a rough draft is hard.

I haven't done this in years. I've polished third, forth, and fifth drafts, and I had critique partners and beta readers to hold my hand the whole time.  But this -- making a book comprehensible enough for a beta to even look at -- is making me cross-eyed.

Where do I start?

I don't remember ever feeling intimidated by a book before, but Fierce is making me want to cower behind my couch. I open the document thinking, "I'm the boss here, and no messy plot can scare me!" Then I skim over it and close the document, feeling like I just ran away from a dangerous animal.

I'm being a weenie beenie, I know.

Revising (for me, at least) is like chipping away at a stone; you gotta do one chunck at a time. All I have to do is make a list of everything I want to change, pick one thing, and go for it.

Alright, I'm going to open the document now.

Please don't eat me...


  1. I'm dragging my feet on starting the revision of my NanoDraft. I wrote a first chapter of something else instead during my writing time this morning.

  2. Actually, I much prefer the revisions. It's all of those blank pages that terrify me!

  3. I hate redrafting. It's like wading through treacle. I wish I had some elves that did it for me!

  4. You're already diving back into your NaNo novel? That's fast. 0-0 Doesn't it need some time to sit so you can gain perspective?

  5. Naw, I prepped for this book enough that it has all the perspective it needs, for now, at least. Plus I worked so hard to make a habit of writing every day that now if I don't have something to do, it makes me antsy. I hope I can keep that up!

  6. Good luck Teralyn! It has to happen eventually!


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