First drafts are
meant for no eyes but your own your eyes only. It shows your brain’s progress. It highlights a secret process;
It shows how your brain works.
Then along comes Second Draft.
I make deep cuts; edit out the
shitty crappy poor grammar, the echoes,
and all unnecessary words that do not contribute. Words that bubble out of my
brainpan do not necessarily flow as well on the page.
Because my first drafts were so
shitty crappy bad and the edits
extensive, I wondered if I was alone wrestling the story my brain was putting
out into a coherent tale.
Enter two books
by Roy Peter Clark
On Writing by Stephen King.
Both show the authors' first drafts and then their edited versions with strikeouts and re-writes. One of Mr. King’s comments struck a chord. He said this process is true even for ‘professional writers’, following the roller coaster ride that is your brain.
Like life, it can get untidy, this editing process. Don’t get discouraged.
get is messy. Creating a story is no exception.