If you aren’t sitting, then sit down. I CAN’T believe it but it’s finally true–I have a rough draft of the entire novel. Finished. As of today. I know, it should have been finished months ago but fear (mainly fear but lots of other things) have kept me from pushing through to the end.
I’m still desperately afraid–what if it stinks? It probably does stink–but at least I have a first draft of the whole thing. And now to the really hard part. Rewrites. But how/where to start???
I’ve spent so much time and attention into figuring out how to get out the first draft that I’m at a loss as to where to start on the rewrites.
I’m thinking that I’ll start by reading through the thing, making copious notes about each scene, trying to get a feel for the pace and action (or lack of it). I need to make sure that things flow and that the characters are challenged. I also need to be sure that my facts add up, that clues are dropped in at the right places, and that red herrings lead readers astray.
I’m not sure I’m up to this task. But worse case scenario, this has been an incredible learning experience. And think how much braver I’ll be on the second novel!