Book Four


It’s passed the half-way mark in first draft. Six more sections to go. First drafts are rough. The often quoted saying is ‘first drafts are like babies – they suck’. The hope is you’ve got the main ideas for the story down in some understandable way.

The next task to go back through it and fill in the big holes. The character who appears but never exits – where did he go, is he still in the room you last left him in? Key bits of action that need to happen in the right order – does it make sense? Then I tend to look at the words. What are the characters doing and feeling? Does that need more explanation? Can we do that by showing what’s going on rather than telling you the reader – that’s generally a boring way to do it.

So getting closer.