22 March 2011

Writing Update

I'm finishing up the third draft of Persian Flames. The fourth Out of the Bottle novella has been a challenging writing journey. Lots of internal conflict and a decidedly magical external conflict. Plus, any story with a child in jeopardy tugs at my heartstrings -- even when I know there will be a happy ending.

It's taught me something about how I write, though.

The first draft is where I get the story down, untangling motivations and developing character, roughing out the action. The second draft is all about structure. Have I got the pacing right? enough description? does it work? The third draft is language: over-used words, passive sentences, punctuation, italics for present tense thoughts.

2 comments:

  1. I can't imagine writing any other way -- though it makes the mid-book slump of the first draft incredibly, teeth-pullingly painful. Let's not think about it!

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.