The third draft stares back

If you stare into the Abyss long enough the Abyss stares back at you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Replace Abyss with Third Draft and you pretty much have my current state of mind.

While I was reading through the manuscript, I had the incredible brainstorm to use index cards to make notes on changes that went beyond editing on the page. During the process, I thought, hey, this is great. I’m getting some fantastic stuff here.

After? Well, maybe you should be the judge. Can you make heads or tails out of:

  • Chapter end — ?
  • Page 100, meeting Mr. Scott re-look and edit
  • Page 122 psychology of place in the locker room
  • Page 145, rethink bowling as church
  • Page 152, after at the swimming practice, re-look
  • Page 184, need MacKenna’s essay – here or somewhere

Oh, yeah. That was a helpful exercise. You know you’re in trouble when you’re advising yourself to re-look and edit (no duh, I could say that about every scene) and adding detail “here or somewhere.”

Clearly, I have my work cut out for me.


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2 responses to “The third draft stares back

  1. This list made me laugh so hard, my dog is worried about me.

    “re-look and edit”? I thought only I made notes like that.

    Can’t wait to see what happens with bowling as church.

  2. Actually, that looks like one of my lists. Although I’m allergic to index cards, so I put things in parentheses all over the draft. Nice, when I’m sending out somewhere, huh? If you’d like a second pair of eyes, I’d be more than delighted to look at the draft. 😉

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