Notes From a Hired Pen

Six drafts of a book chapter

Yesterday, I turned in the last four chapters of the book. Hooray! I’m not quite done yet. I already have notes for revisions on the first two thirds of the book, and I’ll jump into that on Tuesday.

For now, I’m going to take four days off from the book. And for you, here are the six typical stages of editing a book chapter. Enjoy!


Draft 1: Look at all of these words I am writing! This is fantastic! People will want to read this! It’s going to be a best seller! Writing is the best!

Draft 2: This is trash. I am trash. Why do I even bother. I might as well cancel the contract, give back the money. I am the worst writer to every put pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard. I can’t even get that right.

Draft 3: Maybe this isn’t so bad. Maybe this can be fixed.

Draft 4: It’s not terrible. It may be readable. I think this is going to be okay.

Draft 5: I can’t look at this anymore.

Draft 6: Okay, Editor. You turn to take a crack at it. Please don’t think it’s terrible.


Have a nice weekend!

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