Second Draft

All of you seem to read more on the days I get personal. First of all, thank you all for the support you send. Coping with such a rough past is tough, but at the same time, as long as we’re healing and moving forward, that’s the important thing.

I’ve finished my second draft. Chapters 8 and 9 are a bit too sketchy for my liking. I’ll toy with them a bit more before sending them out to readers. I’ve decided to leave chapter 10 alone for the moment. It’s the wrap up, and a lot can change in the third draft, which I’ll be getting medieval all over.

My final writing task for the day is to began slaying the POV hydra. I’m going to settle on two, possibly three characters POV max. I have to assign events to these POV.

As I begin draft 3, I will focus on really expanding the book with emotional viewpoints, and ramping up the language style and word choices. This will be hard, slow, painstaking work.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Okay, that’s a lie. I’d have it be easy, if I could have it my way. But it’s not going to be easy, so I might as well do the right thing by my characters.

When I get this book into a shape I’m satisfied with, I’ll be ready to celebrate.


ps We think we have all the wrestling (no pun intended) about finished with the Hulk Hercules manuscript. There have been issues, but Sonya tells me they’re almost all hammered out.

pps Also, Aric has molded around 50 Morty Moose tokens out of plastic. I’ll be needing to polish and trim them, but they’re ready. If all goes well, I’ll have both books and coins at Wiscon.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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