I'm grateful to Patsy Collins for guest posting last week while I was very busy with essential work for the writers club...
Anyway, to draft 2. I know it's advised that you read the whole manuscript through and make notes, but I'm not doing that for this draft.
I've got numerous minor and major changes to do, and the overview of the story in my head. And if I'm not sure of something I do have my chapter outlines with any changes that were made marked in.
The second half of the story was clearer, mainly because I had discovered more about my characters, their motivations, their reasoning, and the emotions and reactions that were lacking in some of the earlier chapters.
So the aim for draft 2 is: to take one chapter at a time, read it, make notes. Where I know a scene is missing I'll write it in, and deal with the points made in the notes.
|The next drafts...|
Spread throughout are various comments in brackets-research x. They're minor things and I've already found the information I need on most of them.
Once I've reached the end of draft 2, there will be a short break and then the complete read through and more note-making.
How I approach draft 3 is for deciding when I get to it.
I know what works for me to produce a 1st draft. Now I need to discover how draft 2 works...
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