Right now I keep paging through the manuscript for my current novel, “Requiem”. I am having a problem with what to correct and what to pass over because this is just a first draft.
So at this point, I am asking myself: “If I am asking myself these questions, am I honestly into my first revision?
I know that this may sound like silly semantic questions, but there is a purpose here. It has to do with achieving goals and how I define them. I set the goal for myself that I will have the first draft of this novel done by the first of the year.
But what is bothering me is that I still have holes in the story that I need to fill, but I keep getting pulled into what I see as glaring problems; mostly with mechanics.
I have it in mind that I should work from the biggest problems. i.e. plot holes, faults in character arcs and the like, but I keep getting sucked into the minutiae of misspellings bad punctuation etc.
Is this just a problem for me? Good Lord! Is it possible that I am whacked, even by fiction writer standards?
How does anyone else decide where the first draft ends and the rewrite begins?
Maybe I’m taking the whole dilemma too seriously.
Perhaps it isn’t even a dilemma?
Or perhaps my little red choo-choo has gone chugging around the bend. O-o
In any case, a happy week to all.