Between the First and Second Draft of a Novel

I have an idea for a series of short stories. They would be about a young wizard who finds himself trapped in the land of the dead, even though he is very much alive. There is a road that leads from the land of the dead back home, but it is a difficult journey. When he passes by the different places souls end up, he might come across people he knew before they died. Could he help them? Could they help him?

What do you do with your creative energy in-between the drafts of a novel? Do you give the work space or do you dive back into it?

Between the First and Second Draft of a Novel

2 thoughts on “Between the First and Second Draft of a Novel

  1. I find with drafting, it’s best to take some time, but not too much time. And when you do choose to come back to it, take the time to read it and make notes (I prefer to do it in a notebook — things I see that need editing, reworking, etc) as you go. That way you can focus on the continuity a bit more and not get caught up in the editing process too intensely.

    I’d say, work on it if you feel like it, don’t work on it if you don’t feel like it — you don’t want to get spent. It’s always a work in progress, you’ll never really NOT be working on it, because you’ll probably be thinking about it constantly, even after you think it’s finished 😛

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