After so many months of neglect and lost interest, I’m finally going back through the first draft of New Love Abroad. I’ve also acquired a new editor to help me with editing the story and making sure it’s polished up enough to win a 2016 Watty Award. I’ve been working on this story for about a year or so and I’ve made lots of changes to it.
Anyways, I thought I’d talk about first drafts and my experience with writing them. Most of my novels are in that stage of writing. It really is hard sometimes to catch mistakes and errors when I’m attached to the characters that I’ve created. The longest I’ve worked on a first draft is about 2 years and I just scrapped that story recently because it wasn’t working out like I’d had hoped.
At this point, I find it to be very important that I get feedback on bits and pieces of my writing to see the flaws and the things that could have been explained better. Even as a native English speaker, my grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure aren’t perfect; however, I am improving in that area of writing.
Just like one of my English teachers, Ms. Teppner, said: “First drafts are shitty.”
What do you guys – my followers and visitors – think of the first draft of your novel? Tell me in the comments below!