For the past month, I haven't looked at the third draft of BLUFF.
It's been simmering.
But last week, I read it straight through. In many ways, it's like seeing the story fresh for the first time.
There's a lot I like about it. A lot.
But there are weak places, too. Plenty of them.
I'd say the biggest improvement from draft two to draft three is the major structural rearranging I did. In addition, being able to flit back and forth among the various chapters really sped up and simplified the writing/rewriting process. (See previous posting.)
The story is still too spare, though.
A writing book I'm finding helpful is "Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction" by David Michael Kaplan (Story Press). There's even a brilliant chapter entitled "Adding What is Essential." It's just what I need.
The next step in the rewrite process, then, will be to read portion's of Kaplan's book as I continue to rewrite what I hope will be my second book.
Watch this space.