Celebrate your first draft, but know that it isn’t the end, just the beginning. The magic you’ve created is nothing compared to what’s possible. Now, let me take you on a little editing journey. Let me tell you a story…
I’m always inventing names for my own processes and one of those is editing with a broad brush. Don’t be impressed. It means I had to fix a disaster.
Like most, I complete a draft and set it aside, but under the right circumstances I make an exception. Genius or odd compulsion? Efficiency or the need to satisfy a quirk? Who knows. It works for me.
My first drafts are borderline wretched, but sometimes scenes are DOA on arrival, so bad a wholesale scrap and replace is called for. Such was the case with the opening to Book 2, A River in Each Hand.
First Attempt, First Draft
The initial draft opened with several scenes where my protagonist entered the Wilder Hills with two companions. The ensuing banter was…
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