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Monday, April 16, 2012

Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp - First Draft Done!

cover for Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp cover design by Farah Evers
Now the serious editing begins. I do edit as I go. I'm not a writer who just forges ahead with words and worries about how it sounds later. I almost always read the previous chapter or two when I start a new one, and edit them, to get the flow of the story going. I almost always read back through the entire story a couple of times while it's still in progress, which keeps me from leaving out important things, or forgetting something that happened earlier and then contradicting it.

This method doesn't lead me to a perfect first draft, but a better-than-rough draft. I know there are a few things to fix. Elements I need to add back in, for example. A hint here and there, the description of something, things like that. Then there are always typos, grammatical errors (not too many, I hope!), too many "that"s, dialogue with talking heads...

But I have promised the MS to my beta-readers by April 25, and I should have it to them before that. Maybe in a couple of days. Meanwhile, I'm working on a small surprise for fans of Anastasia Raven. Stay tuned.

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ali cross said...

Feels so good to be done that first draft, doesn't it? Congratulations!

Sharkbytes said...

Hi sli! It's great. I'm letting it rest a few days, and then I'll go all through it once before sending to the beta readers