by Shelt Garner
Now that I have a pretty stable first chapter of the third draft of this novel, I think I need to cool it with re-reading until I finish a third draft. I need to just accept that the point is to finish a third draft so THEN I can turn around and edit it.
The general structure of this version of the first act of this novel is pretty good. It’s not too long, for one thing. And, what’s more, once I get into the second act, things should zoom because I will be safely in the part of the story I have already written two times before.
As such, from now until I finish this third draft, I’m just going to worry about moving forward in the plot. No more re-reading what I’ve written then seeing so many problems that I throw everything up in the air and try again. I have GOT to finish this third draft sooner rather than later.
I have to.
If I don’t, it will be a year from now and I’ll still be in the first act.