I've been working like mad on the second draft of this first book. It's been an interesting and very humbling experience. The interesting is how much more the characters and situations have developed during this first rewrite and how I've also found it necessary to sometimes combine maybe two chapters into one or change a chapter into an interlude because I think it would serve the story better that way. So its been interesting seeing the story develop even further and get to know the characters on an even more personal level.
The humbling part has been coming across errors that were previously unnoticed and sometimes I think my brain leaves my head.
The second draft is almost complete and after that, I plan to print it out and set it aside for a month or two before I do the third draft. This is something I've learned from not only more seasoned novelists I know but also from Stephen King's book "On Writing." And yes, they (including Stephen King) do say print it out when you set it aside so that when you go back to do the new draft, you can actually mark the areas you want to make adjustments to making it easier when you go to do the final draft. While it will be difficult for me to leave the characters and their world for a month or so, it will be nice to come back and look at it with new eyes and see the story really come to life. Plus, I'll be working a little more on Book 2.
I will say that the entire Bloodlines turned out much differently than it was when I wrote the first outline and I'll be posting a blog entry on the writing process from the time I started this a year ago (yes, a year ago).
But now, onto these excerpts and I'll be posting Chapter 33 of the first draft this week after I make sure there are no absolutely atrocious errors.
These are excerpts from Chapters 18 and 19. Because the story has expanded a little in the second draft, Chapters 16 and 17 are now 18 and 19. The first excerpt from Chapter 18 is Matthew's dilemma of allowing Dorothy to grow up which was only glossed over a little in the first draft. I do feel this is a very important passage for the Blake family which is why I'm sharing it.
The second excerpt is from Chapter 19 and I'm sharing it because I do love Reginald and Gail as a couple :)
So, without further ado, here are the excerpts from the second draft and stay tuned for Chapter 33 from draft 1 coming this week :)