When I wrote my second novel, I was fastidious about the process. I’d done a draft I hated for NanoWrimo and abandoned it during the first complete read through. Maybe ten months later, I started again. The fantastic imagery from the first draft was gone. It became about movement and intensity. It’s only had a couple drafts since because I’ve been on a two year break from it, but I’m getting more and more curious about it. The writing and revision process was all because of a software developer podcast I like. “Core Intuition.” Thinking about it as a project, not a novel, always helps but I’d never treated novel writing (or writing at all) as a finite project. There’s a finished object at the end. You just get to keep revising it. Actually, according to that line of thought, I’d have been able to edit the original draft into something and I couldn’t. I also don’t agree with the idea revision can fix everything. Maybe the problem is thinking about a revision like a three dimensional object. This area is on a different plane than this area because of when it was written. So thinking about it as a two dimensional object is better for integrating revised material, which also seems wrong because it seems lazy. But the process worked. Draft A, revise A, draft B, revise A, revise B. The whole idea was to keep the tone linear even if the timeline isn’t. Movement and intensity. It was a good process. But I’m having real trouble figuring out how to approach the next draft, with two years of thoughts about it and a number of significant notes. I’m worried I’ve lost the feel for it.

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