My Writing Life: 1st Draft vs 2nd Draft

Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk about drafting. I am currently on the second draft of my novel The Revelation Academy and I have noticed quite a few differences between my experience of writing them.

The first draft was written during NaNoWriMo last year, I wrote the whole 50,000 words of the first draft in 28 days (with 2 weeks of planning before that). At the start of the month I was strongly motivated to write the story, I had been planning it for 2 weeks and was itching to start. I wrote nearly 7000 words on November 1st (I had the day off of work). After that I kept writing but at a much slower pace. I started losing motivation about half way through, I was sitting in the low 20k range and just couldn’t push through. Thankfully I had a friend also participating who was about 10k ahead of me. Now I can get quite competitive on occasion so be assured that I wasn’t going to let my friend storm ahead leaving me behind to fail. (She wouldn’t have gloated or anything but I used it to motivate me). I had found more fuel for my writing, I had figured out how I was going to end the book and I couldn’t wait to get there. I managed to power my way to the end of the book by November 28th.

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Now fast forward 3 1/2 months to today, I am working on the second draft but I am stuck at chapter three! The second draft is so much harder! I’m not working on figuring out what is going to happen next quite so much, it is more of improving what I already have. Now I know I am not a fantastic writer, the book needs a lot of work! I’m just finding it hard to get the motivation to work on it. In the past week I have taken to rewriting my outline by hand, hoping that the change in method will trick my brain into thinking it is a brand new project so it will work more efficiently. It’s not going too bad, I’ve almost worked through the whole book in outline form. Now some of you are probably thinking ‘Well why doesn’t she try that with the actual book, just write it out by hand, loads of people do!’ well dear readers I can’t write a whole book by hand, my fingers won’t let me. For those of you who don’t know me personally I have chronic joint pain in my upper body. Typing is easy enough but I can only hand write long pieces in 5 minute sprints, with at least another 5 minutes break. That is not a quick enough way to write for me to be comfortable with. So I am resorting to tricking my brain on occasion to get it into the right frame of mind to rewrite this book. I will get to the end of this draft though, and then the whole process will begin again and again and again because that is what us writers have to do!

How about my readers who are writers? What have you found about your experience with drafting? Got any tips?


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  1. I haven’t rewritten my two NaNoWriMo novels which I wrote ages ago. I have had trouble finishing novels and I’m working on a first draft right now. But I do struggle editing short stories. One day I feel positive and the next I think it’s terrible. I always seem to edit all the atmosphere away. Struggling with one right now and had to take a break. I don’t write novels in order so the rewrite will probably be a lot of work. Keep going, remember to take breaks, you will get there.

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      1. It’s an urban fantasy about a woman who was a witch and how she isn’t anymore. But then conflict from her past changes everything. I don’t plan so there’s ideas and things that may change and things I don’t know yet

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