My response to author Dan O’Brien takes a different course.
Impatience doesn’t stop me from putting the final pen strokes to my novels but it does make me impatient to finish my project, perhaps too impatient.
While my paranormal thrillers, Late Bite and Gravity Games, have received mostly five-star reviews for characterization, writing style, plot and fun value, the few critical comments of both books are about a chapter or two leading up to the end of the book where both the writing and the details don’t match the quality of the earlier or later chapters.
I must confess that when I see the finish line, I get pumped and perhaps adrenaline isn’t the best tool for elegant writing.
I’m exactly at that point in my third novel and I’ve purposely slowed everything down so I can see what may be lacking as all of the threads are brought together for the big twist and blowout ending.
I’m finding it tough sledding processing words in a more thoughtful way. In fact, the two culminating chapters have taken almost as much time to write as the first draft of the previous 30 chapters.
I’ve discussed this issue with a couple writers who are more seasoned than me and they told me they, too, have the same problem. When they can see daylight, they go for the prize.
Writers who have solid publishers and editing teams can catch these dips but for a self-published writer without a team of editors, it’s a huge challenge. I’d be greatly indebted to anyone who can impart some wisdom on how to self-review / self-examine these passages to maintain the voice, flow and quality of the work.
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That’s also why revision is as important as the first draft. You have the luxury of studying your writing now that there’s no longer the pressure to produce. You can look for that perfect word. Check for weak, or god forbid, boring bits. Or confusing ones. It helps to have someone else read the ms as a whole and give you their honest opinion o where it dragged or confused them.
Second, third and fourth drafts are what take a novel from good enough, to great.