IWSG June 2: Do You Shelve Your First Draft?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.   

The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are: J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie AguirreLee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!

QUESTION: For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

ANSWER: As a blogger, I have a tendency to write, ignore a few days, rewrite, and repeat. I’ve  been known to tweak after the post is published. (gasp)

Have you ever read your piece so many times it became boring? Then edited it again. Only later to realize you lost the essence of the piece? If so, what did you do?

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to reading you post, too.

18 thoughts on “IWSG June 2: Do You Shelve Your First Draft?

  1. Hi,
    I think that is something that we all have to be careful not to do and that is editing a book too much so that we take the life of it. That is why need trustworthy editors who stand outside and have a different perspective on the manuscript.

    Wishing you a lovely month of June. Take care.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  2. I am the same way with my blog posts. I try to start early because I know I am going to rewrite and tweak, right up until I push ‘publish.’ And yes, I’ve tweaked a time or two after publication. We’ll dodge the “No Changes After Publication” police together. 🤣

    1. Hi Lee, I’ve learned over the years, writing is a messy process and rules are often broken. Yes, we are part of a rebellious group that takes advantage of the easy-to-edit blog posts. Thank you for visiting and co-hosting this month.

  3. I’ve definitely tweaked my posts after publication occasionally. That being said, like I said on my own post, I don’t let my drafts sit there long usually.

    1. Hi Astrid, I’ve read several of your excellent posts. You offer an excellent insight into your world and how you successfully cope with your personal challenges. I’m constantly amazed when you remind me your native language is Dutch.
      Thank you for visiting.

  4. Yep, and it still in the drawer so to speak. I hate when rewrite until I lose the essence. My best is normally in first or second revision. So try to set aside if going for that 3rd one, before I try again.

    1. Hi Juneta,
      Yes, the fresh idea for a story often seems to burst onto the page. I think, the mind remembers the story so the excitement of the ‘what’s next” can be lost with too many rewrites. Thanks for visiting,

  5. I’m learning to leave my blog for a day or two before posting. It’s good to hear others do that too. Also grateful I am not alone in the “edit after posting” category. I tend to like commas just a bit too much after midnight. They’re not as attractive at noon the next day,
    I enjoyed your post. Thanks!

    1. Hi Word Philosopher,
      It looks like our rebellious group is growing. We’re boldly taking advantage of our easy-to-edit blog posts and boldly tweaking.
      Thanks very much for visiting.

  6. There are times where I’ve read and revised a story so many times that I get so sick of reading it and want to toss the thing in the garbage, not because it’s bad but because the reading of it is repetitional. It’s so repetitional to the point where to me the characters’ interactions begin to sound fake. When that happens more than once after I’ve revised it several times, it’s probably time to submit it.

    1. Hi Steven,
      I am amazed how common it is for authors we fall out of love with their characters or story structure. Is the only “cure” the passage of time before the next editing phase? Thanks for visiting.

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