Douglas Milewski (dacuteturtle) wrote,
Douglas Milewski

Wrap Draft #1

I've wrapped draft #1 for All The Saints Are Dead. Now I need to go through the damned thing and make sure it reads coherently.

I will never be a one draft author. When I am in creating mode, my brain jumps and makes noise, producing garbled text at points. I need to rewrite those pieces.

I don't just rewrite, I rewrite with a plan:

  • Remove sections that greatly dissatisfy me.

  • Make the opening actually work.

  • Make rewrite the end until it works.

  • Look for jumps in logic.

  • Fill out sparse areas.

  • Add foreshadowing and track through themes.

  • Rewrite confusing parts.

Mind you, this is the best first draft that I've ever done. I'm not kicking it. I just know what I need to do.

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