I’m curious about this process of going from my first/second Draft to the third draft. It’s interesting how much the wording is changing between the versions, even though the meaning is not.
This is where I find the rewriting completely fresh so beneficial. I’m no longer constrained by what I have already written. In a few cases I am copying and pasting some things over, but that’s mostly in dialogue, where I don’t need to change a lot.
Anywhere I’m rewriting the actions or perceptions of my characters, I’m finding it a big change. That’s a good thing. I also change what details I include, depending on which character I’m writing for. Some notice everything, others only notice certain kinds of details.
Occasionally, the details change paragraphs entirely, the order moving around based on how I adjust the action of the scene. I’m also finding the one story, my Young Adult story, is taking more of my time and energy right now. I’m helping it grow and develop, and often I’m getting around 4000 words a day redone.
Since I already know the story now, I just need to let it evolve and share itself in more detail. Some details get left out, shared through actions or reactions instead. Readers are smart. Give clues and they can figure out what’s going on for themselves.
I’m over a third done my YA story now, getting it ready for my first round of proofreading and editing by another person. I’m starting to get the third draft of the erotica done as well, as the first half is written, and I’m still working on the second half to tell the story. Depending on how the first half writes up, they may become two separate books again. We’ll see!
The road to making a novel is not straight. It’s a winding path with surprises around every turn!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.