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:
- After reading through their ‘rested’ first draft the writer’s happy and glowing expression changes to one of total misery.
- The writer’s huffing and puffing levels will increase.
- 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!”
- The writer may call their second draft a ‘changeling’.
- 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’.
- 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.
- The writer will spend a lot of time
not writing or editingreminiscing about the good old first draft days when their writer / draft relationship was fast, passionate and dreamy.
- The writer’s Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest usage will increase.
- The writer will be seen sitting staring into space a lot.
- 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!