Guest blog by Gillian McAllister:“When writing a novel we become blind to its flaws. An author friend and I like to joke that we would and also really wouldn’t like to erase our memories and read our work afresh. In the absence of memory wiping, here are five ways I ensure there are as few typos as possible at the point when I press ‘send’…”
Do your first drafts always turn out exactly how you want them to? Congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing.
For most of us, there’s a gap between the beautiful, magical book in our heads and the rough, inadequate first draft that lands on the page when we try to write that beautiful book down.
But here’s the good news—for every way your first draft fails, it gets you farther down the road to success. Here are a few of the ways it might happen to you.
Book titles are so important. Would the novels Trimalchio in West Egg, First Impressions, or Private Flemming, His Various Battles have succeeded if their publishers hadn’t changed the titles to The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, and The Red Badge of Courage before publication?” We’ll never know. But I think most of us will agree the publishers improved on the originals.