I’m finding a lot of things to fix up in this second draft, I must say. On the one hand, that’s a good thing, because it makes me feel like I know my craft. On the other hand, it’s daunting, because there’s so much to fix I think I might need an extra draft to make the writing beautiful. That’s what I’m aiming for – not just good writing, but really gut-wrenching make-you-howl-when-something-bad-happens-to-the-protagonist writing.
Things that I’ve found to fix up so far include:
- characters dropping in or out
- point of view imbalances
- scenes not going anywhere obviously meaningful for the plot
- events dropped in without any background or transition
- reordering of chapters, events or scenes
These are all major re-writing areas, not just a nice bit of copy editing. It looks like the second draft will be closer to a new novel than a fixed up one.