Quill wrote:Sixth draft and I'm still fixing, smoothing, improving tone and flow, heightening tension, increasing believability, strengthening characterization, solidifying perspective, and developing the voice.
One more draft after this. And that's just before my readers see it!
How many drafts does it take?
Why is good writing so difficult?
Some quite successful revenue-wise authors have a once and done writing process. They have a formula they work from, main features of which are sticking to solid structural concepts and high-concept premises and leaving anything that smacks of artistic merit out altogether. They occasionally fail on the latter. The subconscious will have its due, thus one of the most critical reasons for workshopping a narrative to insightful readers.
Good writing is difficult because fully realizing a creative vision goes hand in hand with creating how to best realize it. By way of example, Jack Kerouac spent nine years living the vita loca that became On the Road
. He banged out a rough draft over a succession of weeks. Then four years developing the improvisational jazz voice that makes the novel sing. The novel's success owes as much to the voice as to how the voice fits thematically the social and cultural forces of the times. What could more represent the times than the new-found physical and social mobility the automobile offered than an improvisational musically poetic narrative about exploring a freestyle life on the road. Tha' so beat, man.
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