We have reached the more interesting letters of the alphabet. Today is the dreaded X. Arguably the most difficult letter to blog about from a writing point of view.
I had the idea for this post several months ago. A week or so after I finished writing the first draft of A Scream in the Woods from Camp NaNo, I printed it off and tried to put it out of sight and out of mind for a few months. My mind wouldn’t let me off that easily and I kept thinking about the second draft and what I wanted to do. How I wanted to play it.
It made me think about how I would approach the second draft this time. To do that, I need to break the story down to the bare bones and see what’s missing. Sort of X-ray the story to see underneath the first draft.
I don’t know about you, but when I write a first draft I don’t put everything into the story. There will be parts I leave out or at least leave vague. For me, a second draft will often see me either merge a couple of characters together, or even split a character out into a couple of others. I will add more details, more twists and background data.
I do the second draft after the x-ray. Almost bullet-point the story again and see that the ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone. And all that. Sorry if that song is now running through your mind. The leg bone’s connected to the hip bone. 🙂
As a crime/thriller writer, I need to make sure the ankle bones is not connected to the neck bone. I might start with a plan, but I do deviate from it and might not always get things back on track so that any of my story makes sense. The X-ray after the first draft lets me bring my story back to the planning board and ready myself for the next round.
Do you X-Ray your story at the end of your first draft?
This is my X post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
I have an App that lets you take photos with different styles and one of them is X-Ray. Today’s photos are a couple from around the house. Strange how some items look completely different through an X-Ray filter.