SUMMER RUSH IS FINISHED!
Yes, I made my deadline! Yay! I finished Summer Rush Draft 2.0 at 2:08 AM this morning, and I’m telling you, I’m bushed. But my mind is still at work, thinking of a few things I want to tweak as still part of Draft 2, before I type the whole thing up on Tasha.
I’m curious: am I the only one who gets the same, gleeful rush at finishing the second draft as I did finishing the first one? Because I’m pretty ecstatic. I know this draft is pretty bad, particularly towards the end, but I’m still proud of it. I’ve only ever written more than one draft of a novel once before, so this is still a new feeling for me.
Anyway, we all know how I love my lists. You had to know one was coming. Dun dun dun.
5 Things I Learned While Writing Draft 2 of My Novel
5. Your characters always have a new facet of themselves to show you. I learned more about my characters in this second draft than when I actually wrote their bios for the first draft. I’d seen them in action, and now I could question and analyze their reasons behind their actions. My most Mary-Stu-ish character turned out to be a fascinating and complex girl who I’m still learning more about.
4. Know the purpose of each scene. Whenever I got stuck rewriting a scene, I stopped and asked myself: what is the purpose of this scene? Once I knew what the scene was trying to accomplish, it was a cinch to figure out how to do it. I had to cut a scene that I absolutely loved, but absolutely could not find a purpose for. I’ll miss it, but my novel is all the better for its absence.
3. Sticky notes are invaluable. I’ve always been a bit of a sticky note addict, but now I’m really in love with them. I have dozens of them stuck to the pages of my novel, with little notes and observations written on them – even a reminder to flip my load of laundry, which really shouldn’t be there. But anyway. They were particularly helpful during read-throughs, when I wasn’t ready to make changes just yet.
2. Your critique partner is worth her weight in gold. B, YOU ARE PRICELESS! She’s always pointing out things I would never think of, critiquing her novel is fun and helps me read my own work more critically, and she’s all-around fabulous. All of you who don’t have one should get one immediately.
1. Don’t just print your novel – get it bound! I had three hundred pages of Summer Rush to deal with every day. Not fun. I’d tried keeping it together with a giant rubber band; it was a headache in disguise. So when I printed it this latest time, I had it bound with a plastic coil. It’s turned out to be a lifesaver, and so much neater and easier to work with.
So, Summer Rush Draft 2.0 is done. I’m exhausted. May is over. June and Summer Rush Draft 3.0 are coming in a matter of hours.
But who cares? I finished my novel twice!