If there’s one thing going through this current Coronavirus isolation has helped its my writing.
With no where to go and keeping our outdoor excursions (usually to get groceries or some such), there is plenty of free time for me to sit in front of the computer and bang away at my latest Corrosive Knights novel.
Of late -and I hope I’m not jinxing myself- I’ve been on a bit of a creative tear, over halfway through the second full draft of the book and feeling pretty positive about what I’ve written.
Like, really positive.
If you’ve read any of my previous Corrosive Knights novel updates, I often wrote about the painstaking effort it took to make each book, going over line after line, paragraph after paragraph, chapter after chapter, revising and re-revising, often going some 12 drafts before feeling the novel is good enough to be released.
But this book… I don’t know.
It feels like the elements are all there, coming into focus much better/quicker than ever before. While getting that first draft took a really long time -I’m roughly 1 year and three months into writing this book- it feels as I write this second draft that things are clicking much better.
What got me hung up was that I had a mis-start, thinking I’d be making the fabled Epilogue book. Welp, I worked on that for a while before I started to move into another direction and, eventually, I realized I wasn’t interested in doing that Epilogue and instead began writing a whole new novel.
And it was difficult to do so for a while but, as I was finishing up that first draft, it seemed things were essentially falling into place.
Once again and at the risk of jinxing myself, it sure feels like this book, when all is said and done, won’t take 12 drafts.
Not at all!
The question is: How many drafts will it take?
If it takes, say, half the usual 12 drafts, some 6 drafts, then this book might be done relatively quickly.
The early drafts of each of my novels are the hardest to do and take the longest time. Once I have the plot generally “set” we start moving toward fixing grammar and cleaning up the storytelling and that usually gets done relatively quickly.
So if I’m nearly past the harder part, ie setting up the plot, and might quickly move to the editing/grammar/cleaning up storytelling, then things might go pretty quickly.
Perhaps, after writing so much, maybe I’m finally learning how to do things a little more quickly?
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