When you set out to be a writer, the thing they don’t tell you is that you will spend most of your time editing. And, whether you like it or not, editing is a time-consuming process.
This year, I have been focusing on editing my novel, “The Four Crystals,” but I began the editing process two or three years ago. The biggest mistake I’ve made during those years was trying to take my novel from a rough draft to a final draft in one edit.
It didn’t end well.
What I have learned from reading other writers’ advice is to focus on one thing per edit.
I really liked the way Allison K. Williams broke down the writing and editing process in her article “Seven Drafts.”
The names of Allison K. Williams’ seven drafts are:
- The Vomit Draft
- The Story Draft
- The Character Draft
- The Technical Draft
- The Personal Copy Edit
- The Friend/Beta Read
- The Editor Read
I hope you find “Seven Drafts” by Allison K. Williams as helpful as I did.