Donna said something like, "A third draft! How impressive," when I posted about my WIP that might never get finished. She probably--and understandably so--is thinking I wrote a complete first draft, let it sit, gave it some thought, and then wrote a second draft. After that, I let friends read it, let it sit even longer, and wrote a third one. Here's how it really went down:
- I wrote a 1st draft for a NaNoWriMo several years ago. Just like a dog will poop and then run away from the spot where they left the stinky pile, I ran away from that draft as fast as I could. It smelled horribly.
- I wrote a 2nd draft... almost. It's not quite finished, but it's getting close.
- Now I toggle back and forth between finishing the beast and revising. When I finish it, I'll have to print it up (I can't revise by looking at the monitor) and do some methodical checking.
So no, Donna. It's not a 3rd draft. It's more like 1.75 draft right now. Things are not always as they seem.
It's like the button my husband has from work. It says, "I'm cool. Are you?" When I first spied this button, I wanted to snag it for my own. Bu then I remembered what "cool" means: country of origin label.
Now, I'm not quite so rabid about the button.
To finish up, a bit of La Petite Prince.
|Here is a hat.|
Or is it?
When you look a bit more carefully, you can see it's not
a hat. It's a picture of a snake that's swallowed an elephant.
What have you been surprised about lately... something that was not what you originally thought...