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On finishing first drafts

I wrote this post two weeks after finishing my first draft Adamantine, but am just now getting around to posting it.

I finished the first draft of Adamantine January 6, 2018. It's the second time in my adult life I've completed a draft of a novel.

And this time around I feel like I have some idea of what to do next.

These two weeks since I've been reading through the draft, making notes, creating spreadsheets, summarizing scenes, identifying scenes that don't "work," coming up with a list of scenes that need to be added, looking for world-building details that need to be fleshed out, locating inconsistencies, etc.

And yesterday with no small amount of dread, I began the second draft.

This is uncharted territory for me. The first draft of my NaNoWriMo project seven years ago was ignored soon after finishing it. Once in awhile I would pick it up again and make some changes, rework some scenes, but mostly I stared at it and felt lost -- utterly, hopelessly lost.…

Sully's Song - A Christmas Story

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