The second draft of Get Scrappy! was due to my editor, Bria, on October 9th — I just got back from New York where we went over her suggestions and feedback. (In addition, I sent out several copies of the manuscript to about a half a dozen people whom I call my “critical review team”, and asked for their candid feedback.) The bottom line is, it’s called a draft for a reason. It’s just the start. I believe the ideas are in there, and now it needs to be refined: segments, stories, even whole chapters that I now feel need to be reworked, deleted, or added – as I transition into Draft 3.
Fun… (said with sarcasm.)
I am learning a lot. Though the editing and rewriting process is not super fun… it is really important, because sometimes when we are so close to something we are working on, we can’t see what is needed or missing. The upside? A better book for the reader. (And, the walk through Central Park afterward was a sweet reward!)
It’s getting better – chapter by chapter. The process is slow and frustrating at times, but there’s good brain candy mixed in and I am still enjoying the adventure.
Back home now for the rest of the year to complete the 3rd Draft…
Fall in NYC… just beautiful. =)