I loved all the great tips my readers shared on the Scrivener giveaway post, and I’m hoping you’ll share some tips even without a free giveaway 😛 I am currently working on the second draft of my novel. I found it extremely helpful to set a mandatory word count for my writing each day (3,000 words). When I started revising my draft, I tried to set another measurable goal of finessing one scene a day; however, some scenes are 1,000 words and others are 5,000 words. Some scenes are fine the way they are and just need some homophone corrections while other scenes need to be more researched or entirely rewritten. I find it really difficult to come to my computer each day and not know if I need to be in writer mode, editor mode, or researcher mode. I can feel my momentum dying down.
So, what are your tips for the second draft? How do you set goals? How do you keep up the momentum? how do balance all the hats a writer must wear?
I look forward to your responses!
And now I shall leave you with some other writer’s thoughts on rewriting:
“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” – Justice Brandeis“More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.” – John Irving.
“Writing for me is largely about rewriting.” – Khaled Hosseini“All writing is rewriting.” – John Green