Back to the beginning

The books are here, the bookmarks are here, the door prizes for the launch party are almost ready, and it’s official: Stone Alliance is in its finished form, no more to be hacked apart and reassembled.

And just like that, I’m jumping from my beautifully polished, finished project to some really rough early drafts.

It’s hard.

The characters refuse to settle into their roles and personalities, I’m falling into gaping plot holes every two steps, and oh, the clichΓ©s!

This is the point where my writerly ego takes a severe battering. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again, I’ll keep pushing through it. But I think one of the hardest parts of being a writer is that the first draft never seems to get better, no matter how many first drafts you’ve written.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?

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9 Comments

  1. I don’t find the first draft too daunting; I’ve convinced myself, after a decade of NaNoWriMos, that it will be craptastic, and I’ll fix it later. What I struggle with is after the first half-dozen revisions, I discover all the rookie mistakes I missed 6 times already. And I need to change the opening pages. And I’m pretty sure I should change the name of that supporting character. And I swore that dress was red (dammit, where’d I write that). And I love that scene, but okay, I have to cut it.

    All after going through it 6 times. Sigh. And that’s before the beta readers mark it up πŸ™‚

  2. The hardest part for me seems to be once that first draft is written. I was never a self-editor in high school or college. I wrote a paper and trusted my first instincts, turned it in without reading it over, and got an A. Turns out that method doesn’t quite work for novels. I’ll write the first drafts and then you fix them. πŸ˜‰

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