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The problem with draft 2…

… is that it’s really one and a half drafts.

The thing about typing in my handwritten draft is that there are always places where I wrote out two or more possible paths to a particular end and left them both in because I wasn’t sure which was the ‘right/better’ way. I was intent on reaching the end to hopefully use the result as a way of validating which way was right/better, though, so I left the decision for myself for later.

In typing up draft 2, I try to resolve as many of these as possible, but, again, intent on reaching the end and having it all in the computer and easier to search backward and forward for particular references, etc., I end up with a number of remaining decisions to be made, which I mark with asterisks for quick reference later.

I really want draft 3 to be the beginning of wordsmithing, though, rather than further plot-oriented questions. Some will creep up in later drafts, but if i can get the ones I know about cleared up before I start my third full read-through, the process goes FAR better. So, finishing draft 2 really means typing up everything in draft 1, then going back and figuring out a solution for each asterisk.

And this book has more than a fair share of asterisks to be taken care of.

And whose fault is that, pray tell?

Oh, I know, I know.

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