Rough Draft: Your rough draft is your “get words on the page” stage. It’s not a first draft.
- What was the story you wanted to write?
- What was the story you actually wrote?
First Draft: This is the fix-the-storyline draft.
- Play with the order of your narrative.
- Figure out what’s missing.
- Write missing scenes.
- Add them into your manuscript. Susan does not do this on her computer. She uses a yellow legal pad and writes out the new scenes and inserts them into printed manuscript. Why? Because of the next tip.
|Susan with Kathy Erskine and Mitali Perkins|
at Summer Camp
- This is about tension and how quickly the story moves through the plot. How the story unfolds.
- The breath of the book, the breath of the story.
- Reflected in the length of the sentences.
- What’s at stake if your main character fails to achieve his goal?
- What’s your main character’s biggest fear if he or she doesn’t achieve this goal?
- What are the consequences?