Now that the rough draft has been completed (for a given value of complete) and I’ve been through it, making some notes on what needs some changes or added, as well as trying to sort out the chronological issues, the rewrite has started.

I find rewriting something from an older draft much easier to do – rough drafts at time I struggle getting down, but rewrites seem to fly along, even if things change a fair amount between the draft and the rewrite. Getting the drafts done is still something I need to work better at.

Following my normal method, the rewrite is turning out much longer than the draft. So far 572 words of rough draft has turned into 1278 words in the rewrite. At this rate the rewrite will turn out at 80-90,000 words, which is a decent goal to aim for.

  1. J.C says:

    I used to first draft really short too, but have learned how to combine the first and second draft a little better meaning that the first drafts now come out more fully written than they used to. A good thing for me seeing as time is the thing I’m short on lately.

  2. qorvus says:

    In my case it is probably because I’m rather impatient to get the first draft complete so it feels like I’m making progress.

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