Friday, June 5, 2015

So, What's In A Rough Draft

Happy Friday all! I hope this blog post finds you with great plans for the weekend and maybe even the summer.

Well, I have great news - I finished the rough draft for Lore! YAY! What does that mean exactly? It means my "second" draft is complete.

Yes, there are times when you end up writing two rough drafts. The first is usually the very basic bones, and the second is the revisions on your first rough draft that lead you on a totally different path, and adding new scenes and chapters.

It happens sometimes, okay, a lot of times.

It doesn't mean I haven't been working on revisions along the way. And it doesn't mean that I don't have more work to do, it just means I'm working on the book diligently. What I usually do anyway is read the manuscript when I'm finished with critiques and fix things that I missed. (Remember, I told you about my erase board list.)

Revisions is the hardest part. In fact, it can seem never-ending if you want your novel to be the best it can be. But don't give up, it will be right at some point and you will feel good about all the work you've put into it.

In other words - it's worth it!

I've listed for you my process for getting my books up to par, and I'm sure it showed you how much work goes into making sure it right. At least by my standards. 

Developing your own strategy is highly recommended. I have been reading a trilogy lately that shows how this writer has not worked on his creative writing skills. He has quite a few book out too. What really amazes me is he has over 500 4 star reviews. It shows how little people know what good writing is all about. Not that it's a bad story, just poorly written.

For me, I have to put in the effort for my books to be as close to traditionally published books as possible. And even some of those are lacking in creative writing skills. But most are usually written well and I want people to say that about my stories.

So, it's up to you how much effort you plan to put into your writing. I hope that you see that dedication and diligence is what will make you stand out. And that you strive for reaching that goal.

Have a great week everyone! I won't be posting next weekend, I will be on my little vacation at Cottonwood Inn!

See you in two weeks, Lisa


  1. Hi Lisa, congrats. I do admire your tenacity. I'll be traveling to California for my brother-in-Law's funeral. Not looking forward to this trip. My cousin and I have three more chapters to go on our book. Can't hardly wait to get it published. Have great week. Blessings.

    1. Congrats on your book! I can't wait to read it! I'm sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's passing. I'm sure that won't be a fun trip. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

      thanks for always checking ion with me and leaving a comment. I sure do appreciate it! ;-)