Listening to the Elders
Saturday, May 20, 2017
I now understand why so many novels end up shoved back into a drawer or on a flash drive, never to see the light of day. The 3rd draft is the cruelest draft. It's where you read your work aloud and realize you write mostly in gibberish. You ask yourself 'Self, did I sleep through all of my undergraduate composition classes?' For 91.6% of the third draft read-thru you are embarrassed, even though no one else is in the room.
you really like the story you are trying to tell, so you dive in and begin the thankless job of killing your hero's and villains and puppies. Then somewhere in this rewrite you realize all of your characters are you. You will now feel like a fool.
The upshot of this; I had to re-cast and re-locate my entire novella. So, by the end of the 3rd draft I will have a new story. One that I hope is entertaining for my readers.
I also agree with the elders that came before, "If you write more than 3 drafts you need stronger meds for your OCD problem."