The Second and a Half Draft

Posted on 04/07/2013 by


This last pass of the edit is annoying. I keep having to tell myself off. I’ll be cruising through a scene and I’ll hiccup over something and backtrack and glare at it. But it won’t be an easy fix. At this point things are either insanely minor, and I take care of them without even registering them, or they’re… tricky. And a part of my brain just says, “Hey, you’re being fussy/crazy. It’s not that bad. No one will notice.” And I have to work quite hard to get the other part of my brain to say, “No. You’re just being lazy. You don’t like it but you don’t want to bother fixing it.” Then I glare at myself for a while. Or, really, make faces at my computer screen until I get it together and start poking it.

This makes it better. It does. And I am resolutely not thinking about the fact that every time I make a change like that I have to add it to the list of things I need to take another pass over later to double-check.

It is for these reasons, though, that I am calling this draft the Frustrated and Grumpy draft. Because I am doing the hard parts and making more work for myself and it is not fun. But when it is done there will be cuddles and puppies and… okay, not puppies. I’m allergic to puppies. Cuddles and freakish flavours of ice cream, cause let’s face it, I’m not finishing it this week and next week is filled with things that aren’t frustrated redrafting, and then — well, I’ll be in San Francisco by then.