Dragon Court

Dragon Court

Dragon Court

A blog on the Ancient Aliens, Gods and Goddesses, Annunaki, Serpent Mythology, Priests and Priestesses who used blood in their temple rites, and the relics they have left behind.

Book reviews, author interviews and new book releases of all genres are also included.

Is the first draft really Sh*t?

RamblingsPosted by Katrina Sisowath Thu, October 23, 2014 10:44:38

Having finished the first draft of my second book, I am now stepping away from it for a little while before embarking on the task of editing it. I find myself thinking though, that while I may need to add to it, there's not much (I think) that will need deleting. For one thing: I've taken my time with it, sometimes to the point I found it progressing excruciatingly slow. But, because I did not sit down and write it out in three months, forcing myself to write 1,000 words per day until it was finished, I find that there is little in the form of extraneous characters or plot holes.

Of course, my editor and advanced readers may think otherwise. I probably will find things in the manuscript when I edit that I cannot believe found their way onto paper, but I do not feel quite the same euphoria I felt when Serpent Priestess was finished. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this book, but with the first one I felt ridiculously happy with it, feeling I'd never top it. This time around I'm not quite as emotionally invested as I didn't have some 'Grand Message', just what I thought to be a really good story and have been writing it with a critical eye to plot and character development, utilizing what I learned penning Serpent Priestess.

So, my question is: what's other writers feelings towards their first draft? Is it SH*T or almost there with just a few tweaks? And does the speed with which the book is written affect the quality of the draft?