The first draft. The revised draft. The final draft.
I completed my second NaNoWriMo project in November 2016 and am happy to say I just finished the revised draft of the same manuscript.
What does that mean? First, it meant a lot of cursing, tears and wanting to drive to the Grand Canyon just to throw my laptop in there. Then I could come back home and set the hard copy on fire.
After I calmed down and figured out that hey, this is the part that makes you a writer, buddy ol’ pal, I exhaled and…
While in Scrivener, I looked for ways to format it and pretty up the cover page. And how do I label the chapters for an e-book and, and… I had to slow myself down.
Whoa there, pardner.
I jump the gun sometimes… okay, a lot. And this is one of those times I want everything to go as smooth as possible! I can’t forget to dot one ‘i’.
So, in November, I wrote the first draft and when I was done I printed it out and put it away… for two months. While it sat I decided to do other things and…
- I read books.
- I painted things.
- I tried to walk my cat (and still have scars to prove it).
Then, I took my printed manuscript, grabbed a highlighter and a red pen (and a giant mug of coffee. OK… several) and old school edited. Afterward, I made the changes on the computer copy and then…
It sat for another two weeks.
I put the whole damn thing in Scrivener. Yep! Chapter by chapter, I put it in there and that is where I edited, rewrote, and deleted parts of this manuscript that I am so nervous and excited about.
I wrote three books before this one and wherever they are, they taught me a lot and maybe I’ll get back into them one day; maybe not.
This manuscript, though… this one is the best one so far and I cannot wait to go back in and polish it up nice and shiny.
Do you have any manuscripts that never made it past the first draft stage? How long do you let your first draft sit before editing?