08 January 2009

2nd Draft Blues

He finishes the first draft with a vengeance. His vision of a complex story crystalizes. The characters reveal themselves. The story world captivates. Action builds to a dramatic climax. Character grow and transform. Thematic threads run deep throughout the manuscript. 

Celebration over his accomplishment is short-lived and little acknowledged in his eagerness to keep going. 

He rounds up his notes and begins crafting and writing draft #2 and immediately comes to a screeching halt. 

The quality of his writing in draft #1 dismays him. Doubt sets in. Energy lags. Procrastination takes over.

Yet, another example of what I've addressed the last two entries. 

Any success stories about starting out on the next draft of your project?