The nature of first drafts is that they are… average.
I re-read Chapters 10 and 11 today. Within both there are bits I like, and bits I don’t. Since I have only recently written them, I don’t know quite yet how to fix the bits I don’t like. I made a few corrections here and there, but there are some parts that I can see need a whole lot more detail to make it hang together better. That’s fine. The thing is, I have these ideas for future scenes that I really want to get written. If I was painting, I would work all over the canvas – a little work here, a splash over there, building and working up the entire picture. I find that I can’t do that with writing. I know some people can – write a scene that will eventually be at the end of the book. I find that I need to work to the timeline. Sure, I have notes about what has to happen for the next 10 chapters (really), but notes are notes. OK, so I have been known to “sketch out” dialogue that will come up in a Chapter or two, but really, I am a linear writer. I write it how you read it. So, if I rush over a bit, and it reads a bit funny, please just take that as a sign that something a little bit exciting is coming up, and I was eager to get to writing it.
Anyway, back to it, rather than all this procrastinating!
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