The Writing Process – The Polished Draft
In our previous post, we discussed the the working draft of your manuscript. This week we will be discussing the polished draft. This is not the final draft of your manuscript, as there are a few more steps to the progress before we get there. If you picture your first/working draft as a newly mined mineral, the polished draft is where it becomes a gem. That being said, let’s get started.
Last week, we discussed an overview of the complete writing process. Now that we all have a better understanding of the process as a whole, we can take an in-depth view of each stage. As I have said previously, no two writers have the same process or style, so there is no single catch all that works for everyone. So, what may work for me may not work for someone else. The process that I will be discussing is what works best for me. I hope that in the end, I will have given you ideas that can be incorporated into your writing process. That being said, let’s jump into the prewriting stage.
Most of us are able to think back to our early elementary school days when we were first introduced to the writing process. I am reminded of bubble diagrams, rough drafts with editing symbols that I can no longer recall, and using extra care and time to write as neat a final draft as I could. It was my first introduction to something that would become a lifetime passion.
Ah yes, the good old days. Like many of you, I can think back to the first time I picked up a pencil and decided that I was going to write a book. My head was filled with the visions of high profile book launches, book signings with lines out the door and hours long waiting times. As the words spilled from me into all those college ruled composition books, I could already hear my phone ringing with agents and publishers offering six figure deals, and film studios getting into bidding wars over who would earn the rights to make motion pictures out of my books. Money, fame, and a life of luxury were just waiting. All I had to do was write.