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I’ve been hard at work reading through my manuscript. I have a notebook full of notes, and I can see the completion of my second draft in my sights. I thought it might be a good opportunity to share my methods. Hopefully you are able to take something helpful away from this.
So if you weren’t aware, I finished my first draft back in early September. You can click here for my tips on how to get through the hurtles of writing your first draft.
I also want to mention to not read through your first draft until at least one month. Two, if you can hold out! Click here to read about what a mess you will become if you break this cardinal rule. (I totally broke it.)
I printed my manuscript out. I stapled individual chapters. I read through the chapters making notes as I went. I wrote down feelings it brought out in me. I wrote whether I needed more description. I marked when something read awkwardly. I highlighted when certain characters or setting were first introduced.
I found it helpful to do this with a chunk of chapters, then move on to the next step. I pulled out a crisp new notebook. Every two pages were dedicated to one chapter. I used my annotations to write down what structural edits I need to make. Having made notes on a few chapters at a time, made it easier to notice if a scene needed to be pushed forward or back. And to know whether my manuscript had the right feel, or if the pacing was off.
I’ve come away with a massive to do list. But having it all laid out, makes the whole process seem less daunting. I’m lacking setting and character descriptions in Act 1. I need to move around a few scenes in Act 2. And Act 3, needs to stop being so dang weak!
It may seem like I’m ready for draft 2 now, right? But to me, it still feels like a bit of a mess. I’m going to take my original outline (click here to read about my outlining process) and my book-fulla-notes, and combine them into a new and improved outline. I may enlist the help of an excel spreadsheet to highlight where scenes should move back or forth.
Over the Christmas and New Years break I will be working on this, and hopefully by mid January I can redraft!
As always, You can follow along on YouTube. Link here.
How is working coming along on your WIP? Are you drafting, editing, beta-reading? Comment below or Tweet Me @queenemilicious. I’d love to discuss our work.