Welcome back, scribe tribe!
Last week, you learned how to get your first draft done, along with beating writer’s block during the rough draft.
This week, you will learn how I move on from the first draft!
All writing beyond the first draft is my absolutely favorite part of writing a book. At this point, I have the entire book in front of me; I just have to add the substance that makes a great book.
In later drafts, I have a more specific strategy, that we will discuss later; for the second draft, I simply read through the story and, for lack of better words, make it sound like a preschooler didn’t write it.
You might remember last week, when I said that a first draft part of my book might sound like this:
Sarah walks into the classroom. Mariah upsets her, but a conversation with her teacher mellows her out.
Sarah walks up to Mariah and explains that what happened was really difficult for her and everyone is hurting her feelings by teasing her about it.
Not very strong.
This probably won’t draw a reader in.
Once I go through the second round of editing, it might sound like this:
Despite what Sarah had been through with the viral video that ruined her once-normal life, Sarah knew she had to face the music. She knew the only way to get through this--the only way for her classmates to move on to the next trending topic of Velvue High, was to walk right in there with her head held high.
The moment she walked in, her now arch-nemesis, Mariah opens her perfectly painted lips and mocks Sarah.
"Oh look, everyone. It’s the playboy model!” Mariah says.
Everyone roared in laughter.
Sarah felt her skin turn ghost-white. Her stomach twisted and turned so much that she had to hold back from her breakfast heaving its way out of her.
Sarah wanted to scream. She wanted to curse. She wanted to run.
“Okay, everyone, that’s enough! One more comment and you all will be in detention,” said Mrs. Jones.
Mrs. Jones pulled Sarah outside.
“Listen, it doesn’t matter what they say. Tomorrow, there will be a new person to make fun of. You ignore it. Put it out of your existence.”
“You must. You walk right back into that classroom and you confront her.”
I’ll stop there. You get the point!
The second draft is for juicing it up, and finally using your writing skills to pull that reader in.
Next week, we will talk about the third draft, where I edit my book, scene by scene.
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