I just have to finish minor editing ready to submit 2 short stories, then I can begin reading the 1st draft (D1)
It's been a month since I finished, and I probably could have left it to settle for a few more weeks, but printing out those last 2 chapters (that had been waiting for the new printer to be bought and installed) started my brain whirring.
I really shouldn't have started reading them!
So this coming week I'll start the reading- and making notes as I go.
I asked friends for any helpful tips, and I'm certainly going to be using the red and green pen idea they suggested. Red for typos and grammatical errors, green for changes, where inserts are needed. I may also use a blue pen for anything that falls outside of these areas.
The second half of the D1 was much more rounded than the first half - I realised this as I was writing. I suppose by then I'd learnt a lot more about my characters and the plot line had become more fixed; also the changes I made in event order fitted better than how I'd originally imagined them, so the writing flowed better.
By the last few chapters my hero's home was staffed by a small group of servants who weren't there before, and a couple had distinct parts to play. Obviously they will have to appear as appropriate in earlier chapters, but I do know exactly where one will fill a suitable role.
I know that this 2nd draft is going to be as much of a learning process as the first was.
I've not only been discovering how my mind puts a longer story together, but also how to make the best of the time I have to write...
If you have any insights on the 2nd draft process, I'd enjoy hearing them.