This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question — For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
Actually, I don’t shelve it at all. I want to edit while the characters and details are fresh in mind. I don’t want to forget how pieces tie together. It does take me roughly a year to write each book, from draft to publication, so there is all that time to think things over.
This is a great question. I’m eager to see what other people say.
A special note: If you’re looking for a marketing opportunity for your book, consider joining the book launch for my upcoming prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature. While you share my news with your readers, I’ll share a link to your blog and your latest book with mine, on my blog.
Official signups are June 7th here on my blog (here) or by clicking the link. Why sign up early? I have a small selection of guest posts you can choose to publish on your blog. Only one person per post. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.