10 Signs You Are Suffering From Second Draft Blues #writers #amwriting


I am suffering from what I am calling – the Second Draft Blues. 

As I am going through a lot of emotional turmoil with this terrible condition, I thought I would list out the tell-tale signs so other writers can be on guard.

I think this affliction is worse for those of us who:

  • Finished writing their first draft on a serious creative high.
  • Got totally carried away with their first draft.

Here are the signs:

  1. After reading through their ‘rested’ first draft the writer’s happy and glowing expression changes to one of total misery.
  2. The writer’s huffing and puffing levels will increase.
  3. The writer will struggle to re-connect with their first draft and say things like “did I write this?” and “I don’t feel like I know these characters anymore!”
  4. The writer may call their second draft a ‘changeling’.
  5. When they are not staring blankly at their first draft the writer will be tapping out lengthy emails to long-suffering writer friends, with titles such as ‘Not Feeling The Writing Love’ and ‘Feeling Creatively Frustrated’.
  6. If you are unfortunate enough to get into a conversation with a writer experiencing Second Draft Blues you will have to listen to how they wish they had never rested their novel, the pain that they are about to face with editing and how they might not get back the literary love.
  7. The writer will spend a lot of time not writing or editing  reminiscing about the good old first draft days when their writer / draft relationship was fast, passionate and dreamy.
  8. The writer’s Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest usage will increase.
  9. The writer will be seen sitting staring into space a lot.
  10. The writer may have a fixed mindset about their first draft. This means they will be reluctant to view things differently in the second draft and feel uneasy about making sweeping changes. Good writer friends will encourage the writer to take on a new mindset and be brave to revise the plot or characters.

Have a wonderful day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

45 thoughts on “10 Signs You Are Suffering From Second Draft Blues #writers #amwriting

  1. Oh dear. I hope you get through these second draft blues and onto to the amazing high of a successfully completed book. I know you can do it.
    New Roxy… Let’s go!! ☺☺☺

    1. Nope, not at all a female thing. I resonated with the description from the very first point/sign. Such is the lot of creative types…as we forever seek something with which we might fall in love.


  2. Y’see this is why I only bother with Reality in slight doses, on the second draft I let my characters read it and tell them ‘See. I toldja that wouldn’t work! Now let me handle it!”
    My sympathies for you miseries.

  3. Haha, I was just about to veer into #8 when I read this! I thought maybe making a Pinterest inspiration board featuring my characters would revive my feelings for the draft? No? XD

    (I should just face that it’s all some form of procrastination, haha.)

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