I started reading Draft 3 of TUBE yesterday, in preparation for Draft 4, and I was astounded by how easy it was to see where the story was trying too hard and where I was trying too hard, and to make mental notes on cutting out those bits without mercy (I no longer write on Post-it notes like I used to, I don't follow them anyway).
I finished writing Draft 3 on March 21st. Today is June 28th, so about three months have passed. That's a significant break compared to two-three weeks I used to take off between drafts of one novel (that is, before I started sandwiching drafts of two different novels). And I tell you, I think I'll be sticking with this formula for a while. At least until I figure out something better.Read More