Draft #3 is done!
Yes, it’s finally DONE! On March 6th, the last chapter was revised. Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably saw my excited tweet. 🙂 (It took me a while to find time to write up this post though.) After a solid year of working on Draft #3, it is finally finished, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! Celebrate with me, will you?
Draft #3 Final Results:
Current Page count: 472
Word count: 107, 080
Is it ready for you to read yet?
No, not yet (please refrain from throwing tomatoes at me). I had hoped 3 drafts would be enough, but alas, ’tis not so! Onward I must plunge into Draft #4… And I’m still working on that pesky book blurb (never knew they were so tricky to write until I needed one!).
This Milestone’s Challenge
Going through the second half of Draft #3, I focused more on note taking: Jotting down changes I wanted to make for Draft #4. It isn’t easy deciding which changes should be made when you’re the writer. You often have to step outside of your writer-mind and see the story from a reader’s perspective. For me, this has taken a lot of time and practice, and it was something I could only learn by repetition. Writing short stories, and taking in readers’ advice, has been a big help to me. Which leads me to the next part:
I should have used this sooner, but I didn’t realize what this tool was until I was already in Draft #3! That tool is: a style sheet. Where a writer can organize their thoughts and notes about what things they plan to change in their next draft.
I had inadvertently made my own scrambled, unorganized list of things to change for each draft, but an actual style sheet is so much better! I plan to talk about this more in a later post, along with links to some resources. Stay tuned! 😉
Do you have a WIP, or a writing project you’re working on? If you’re a reader, have you ever thought about writing your own story some day?
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