Monday, December 05, 2011
What is the most common thing you do on a second draft of a story?
With me it's to try and simplify the language. I have to get rid of all the high-falluting terms I have used on the first draft. Collapse two sentences into one. Make sure it sounds like real speech and not nineteenth century speech. Greatest piece of writing advice came from Al Guthrie. People don't talk in full sentences. So neither should your characters.
Usually I work through plot problems before finishing the first draft. I rarely move sections around either. My first draft probably is more like three drafts actually.
I always wonder why my impulse is to use big words that don't express something as clearly as a small one.
How about you?