Chapter Six

Getting the word out: Cucurbital 3 is open for submissions as of tomorrow. Just the place for that story you wrote about madness, darkness and mattresses.

As I toodle along writing the happy-go-lucky third draft of Abigail Rath Versus Blood Sucking Fiends, I am beginning to get feedback on what I have sent out so far. AND in an unprecedented side step of my previous writing methodology, I am continuing forward with that third draft, rather than going back and revising the first 5 chapters again. I will do that later, in the 4th draft. I even have that penciled into my calendar. 🙂 But those notes will keep, and I will address them. In their time.


And now chapter six.

Here’s the thing about drafting. Things change. Things get cut, things get added. Chapter six is really going to be a first draft of this chapter, but things have got to happen now that wouldn’t have happened in the first book. Abby’s mother is on a campaign to make her normal. Cue mall shopping, although Abby’s mother also doesn’t know the first thing about it. And there needs to be more ambiguous vampire testing. And William needs to take more of an interest. And Vince needs to be more jealous.

None of these things mattered in the last draft. Now, they do.

I find often that there comes a point in the drafting process where a sort of curtain pulls back and you can see what you should be writing about. You write a lot of stuff that’s brush, and then when you get down to the actual draft, it’s like you’ve cleared out the brush and unearthed the story. Chapter six is part of what I’ve found under the woodpile. I hope.

Well, I’ll let you know how it goes. Lots of writing time this week. Kirkwood gets my soul next week, so I’ve got to make this one count.

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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