The Dreaded Rewriting Process

I’ve had a few people comment that they really like my story and my writing style.

First of all, I’m blown away by those comments. Really I am.

Second, I want to assure you that the version you find on Wattpad is not the first one I wrote.  The version I have on there is actually the fourth draft. Which means there were three drafts before it that I cried and cursed over for months.

My first draft was terrible. Like truly horrible. It came in at 30000 words and was not actually a story at all. It was nothing but various scenes, with absolutely nothing connecting them. NOTHING! I literally put “Put Something Here” in sections. And if I couldn’t think of a name for a character, I put “Name” in big letters.

Do you know why I did that? Because your first draft is supposed to be terrible.

(This is a picture of all of my notes and versions before I finally finished. And I’m still not finished. )

When I finally had somewhat of a story, I started re writing it. The second draft was where I had actual chapters, an actual beginning, middle and end. But it still sucked.

(All those red marks. All those mistakes.)

So I went to a third draft. And it was better. Much better. Good enough that u let people actually read it, which was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life, but I’ll tell you more about that in a later post.

The version that is on Wattpad now is the one that was fixed with the feedback I got from my beta readers.

I tell you all this because I don’t want you to get discouraged with writing. It’s a lonely activity, one that bleeds you dry. You’ll get headaches and self doubt. But if you keep doing it, keep working at it, you’ll get to the end. And if your like me, you’ll probably cry. Yup, I did. And I’m not ashamed one bit!

Missy Q


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