So if you've followed my Twitterings at all, you already know I'm close to finishing my latest WIP. (It's official: I write first drafts in 3 months. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it's consistent.) My target date is February 29 (because, how cool is that?) and I'm fairly certain I'll hit it.
I'm eager to finish, but not because I'm ready to jump in and revise. I'm not. I want to finish because I hate drafting and I want to be able to take this novel and set it aside to age for a bit. I have no immediate plans for it; it's a working-ahead sort of thing.
You know how it is. You've got to keep writing, yes?
So here's my question for today: Are you the type with lots of drafts in your drawer, or do you always go back one at a time to revise them and make them strong right away? I've recently had a chat with one of my teen readers about how she can't choose which of her drafted-but-not-revised novels to pull out and rip apart. I was having trouble relating, because I don't have anything like that lying around.
Well, that's not completely true. I have two completed "book 2" drafts, but that's not the kind of thing you spend time fixing, right? But other than that, I always focus on whichever novel is most recently written.
I work on it until it's "done." (Yeah, right. What does "done" mean?)
But others--like my teen reader--seem to pour out stories and let them sit in first (or maybe second) draft form while they move on to the next story. And soon there are all these novels and...then what? How do you choose which one you want to complete?
Do you work that way? Or are you a slow-and-steady, one-story-at-a-time type, like me?
It's endlessly fascinating how differently we approach things, all for the same final effect--a finish novel. Share your methods!