There are very few writers in the history of the human race who can churn out masterful fiction without extensively revising and rewriting their work over and over again. Most of the masters of contemporary fiction say they redraft their work an average of fifteen times before they, their editors, and their agents are satisfied with their story. When writing your first draft, you may have mixed feelings about the writing as you go along. Maybe you like some passages, and others, you’re just trying to get a grip on the characters and what you’re trying to say as an author.
Writing a novel or a short story is hard work. Expect to take weeks, months, even years rewriting and redrafting your work until every word, comma, apostrophe, and period is in the right place and it’s perfect. Extensive revision and rewriting is actually quite freeing as a writer. You’ll never write a perfect first draft, so make sure you get out everything you feel you need to include in your first draft, whether it’s good or not. You can always rewrite it or revise it later. As you work on your drafts, look for parts that stand out and cause you to trip or break the spell of the work. Chances are your readers will find these bits of the story distracting as well. Rework them so that each character is authentic, and their actions affect the story line and cause tension and drama between the characters.
Daryl Harrison is a relatively new author. His first novel, The Waiting Game was released independently late last year. The novel has seen great success with critics and readers alike with its believable characters and realistic plot.