Friday, July 17, 2009

Draft # 5....


I'm on draft number five, no wait...four, no, it was five. Definitely draft number five. And I'm tired of reading and rereading the same old stuff. I want to move on! Its time for a new story, a new idea...but then I think I can read it once more and maybe find something else wrong in there. Maybe a missed word, misspelled word or a scene that just doesn't work so I plod along. Combing through the words I've just about memorized for any weird issues I didn't see in the last two million times I've read it. Is it ready to query? Can I improve anything before I send my baby out into the world?
How many drafts do you do? How do you know if you're done?
Is it ever really done?

3 comments:

Natasha Fondren said...

Aww! I get to a point where I can't read it, no matter how hard I try. My attention span goes on strike, LOL!

No one has been able to explain to me what a draft is. I mean, I have one file. I write. When it's done, it's done, LOL. It always feels like one draft to me...

Melanie Avila said...

My final draft was called Draft 4/5. I didn't have the energy to wrap my head around a FIFTH draft, lol.

Natasha, a lot people save a new file when they're starting back at page one and rewriting/editing, that way they have the older version to go back to if they want to save something. :P

Aimless Writer said...

Spy! I've actually fallen asleep rereading my novel for the umteeth time. Not a good sign to be sure but at this point I think I could recite the damn thing without looking at it.

Melanie!
The fifth is killing me. I think my eyes are crossing.

I number each draft. Then if I want to put something in that I cut I have versions to go back to.