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Q&A How do I know when I should rewrite vs. editing my first chapter

A little context for my question... A long time a go, I started writing little vignettes for a character I was playing in an RPG group. The vignettes ended up joining up and becoming sort of a ba...

3 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by pureferret ‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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Q&A Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

It's said that writers improve through writing. Maybe true, but I've discovered the first draft of any new piece I write is still really, really bad. The characters are flat, the descriptions lac...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by What?‭

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Q&A How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?

One of my bugbears about writing is the editing process. I'd much rather get it right first time, rather than chop this and change that afterwards. Other industries would not tolerate the rather c...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by robertcday‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A Idea overflow in plotting?

I've been working on a paranormal/romance/mystery kind of novel for over 4 years now and still haven't finished it. It all started out as a fanfiction but I decided that it had too much potential (...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by AlexSkellington‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A What do sentences look like in a rough draft before they are combined into a cumulative sentence?

I am unwilling to draft without editing as I go because I worry I won't be able to translate my thoughts into cumulative sentences. For instance let's take the sentence: "He walked to the store, an...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by g.arbia777‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Act 3 totally broken...keep writing?

I'm ready to enter the final act, Act 3, of my (first big) story and by now I'm pretty sure I'll have to rewrite 50-70% in ACT 1 and 2. I outlined the whole story but it is clear that my main her...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Tim Dams‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I do after I finish writing my novel?

A few days ago I started writing the first draft of my current novel project. I was wondering what should I do with it when I'm done.

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by WritingNerd‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How linear should I be in writing my story?

This my most serious writing endeavor ever. I've gotten much farther than I've dreamed of getting. So far, I've been chugging along writing everything in the order that I imagine it being written i...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Keobooks‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How rough should a rough draft be

For a long time I would edit chapters as I wrote them, to make them as complete as possible. Unfortunately this often resulted in me running out of steam and never actually finishing them. I've r...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Michael B‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A My first comedy plot draft is very bland - how far can I go on calling this out?

I'm currently working on my first book, a sci-fi comedy set on an alternate history Earth which has progressed at twice the rate of our own planet (they were at our current tech when William the Co...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Nzall‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are First Drafts, Second Drafts, etc.?

I've been reading a few questions on this site, and I've seen the terms First, Second or Third Drafts. What does this refer to actually? And could someone give a clear detail of what they are, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Fikko3107‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the first draft of a novel usually shorter than the finished work?

I finished the first draft of a novel I'm writing. Right now, it has 17000 words. I've heard that novels these days range from 60,000 to 150,000 words, so I'm a little bit worried (I'm hoping to ha...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can one start the second draft when the first lacks a proper ending?

I'm close to ending my first draft, literally being to the last or second-to-last chapter. I'm suffering from a strange form of writer's block, though, since I can't seem to come up with a satisfyi...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A 1000 words a day for a part-time writer

I've got a 40h, full-time job, as many do. Yet I'd like to become a writer someday, or at least, bring a novel through the first draft. This considered, I'm trying to give myself a daily target of...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should my redraft phase entail?

I've been reading Stephen King's On Writing and he's got quite a lot to say about the redraft phase. He explains his working method. Write with the door closed, just for him and create a 1st draf...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Liath‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to add depth to writing - turn a story into a book [closed]

I've had a few 'great ideas' for books. I'm a big sci-fi fan, especially Michael Crichton. I'm not sure if that's relevant but there it is. I want to write a full length book, not a short story, a...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6916458‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Submitting a partially complete draft?

I'm 50,000 words into my first book. Based on my plot and roadmap, that's about 25% of the way into it, so about 200k. I have roughly 110 pages in a good place, as I've already re-drafted three or...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by kmunky‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A In What Way are Most First Drafts Bad?

I've heard from a lot of people - both on this site and elsewhere - that your first draft will be terrible. Some even say that you will barely use any of it. This has me wondering: What about the...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I show the plot to my beta reader?

My wife is the first one who reads my writings, and I'd like to keep her in the dark until I have a solid draft to show her. But I need a second set of eyes with my plot too. If I showed her my plo...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by iamtowrite‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A First draft Word count. [closed]

Do you find your first draft is longer or shorter than your completed work? I understand that I will be cutting alot of unnessary words, but I also have a list of things I need to add. I haven't g...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jessum ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Publishing fiction: when do I start looking for an agent?

I am just about finished with the first draft of a novel I've been working on. I've been writing novels for about ten years and I've self-published a couple, but I'm looking to peek into the world ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Marie‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A To break free and write something new or finish the rough draft

I'm at a crossroads to figure out the better plan of action. I've heard you should always try to finish the rough draft, but...are there exceptions? I'm wondering if any readers here ran into this,...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by BugFolk‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do some people lack the ability to generate ideas or content for writing?

Are some people, either due to lack of world experience, or creative talent, incapable of forming content for their writing, even for basic practice? If not, what would cause them such trouble whe...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by g.arbia777‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I avoid free writing?

We write the best way, not when trying to perfect every sentence as we write our first draft, but when writing down our thoughts and not revising them till we finish that draft. Now in some books I...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by g.arbia777‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to interpret editor feedback?

I've just received the written feedback from an editor in a large publishing house. On the whole it's very critical, with the occassional "could be good" thrown in at the end of sections with a lis...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Brereton‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where are the six honest serving men?

A lifetime ago I learned about Rudyard Kipling's 5W1H framework: I have six honest serving men They taught me all I knew I call them What and Where and When And How and Why and Who ...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A So I finished my novel. Now what do I do?

A few days ago I finished the first draft of my current novel project after a few months of work, finishing at 83,212 words. Now what should I do with it? So obviously I need to edit it. Should I ...

4 answers  ·  posted 13y ago by JSBձոգչ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭