First, an Update!
I just finished the second draft of my middle grade fantasy novel!
I started the novel two winters ago, so it was my goal to finish the rewrite this month. Because I’m off work right now as a teacher, I was able to pull it off.
And honestly, this draft is rough. I rewrote the first draft because I mostly discovery wrote it. Even though I wrote an outline for the rewrite, I still struggled to settle on the plot, so I still have chapters that don’t belong. I also tried to turn off my internal editor and just write the story even if it wasn’t pretty. The first few chapters are nearly done, but the rest are just the bare bones of what I want it to be.
Despite how bad it is, I’m celebrating because I reached my goal! Now, I plan on doing one more revision pass to make sure all the pieces fit and the characters are developed, then I’ll work on making the prose tighter.
I still have a long way to go, and honestly the draft is so bad that sometimes I want to just move on and write something else. But learning to revise a bad draft is one of the most important things a writer can do, and I am determined to make this book as good as I can possibly make it.
It’s Okay to Write a Rough Draft
Drafts are called “rough” for a reason. I honestly hoped my second draft would be closer to being done than it is, but it’s still better than it was. I had to give myself permission to write poorly so that I could make something better out of it.
Today, instead of being discouraged over a rough draft, I’m picking up inspiration from other writers who have walked through the drafting and revision process. I hope these encourage you as well!