I’m on the third draft of my YA novel. The first two passes were dedicated to restructuring major story elements so that they make sense, especially in regards to continuity. This involved heavy rewrites to include several new chapters taking the place of crap that just didn’t fit.
Now that I’m on the third draft I’m focusing on character. One of my main characters has been suffering from an unintentional personality disorder levied on her by me, the poor thing. I didn’t mean for her to come off schyzo, but she seemed to have a different personality every other chapter. Now I’m systematically merging her two sides as I go along, and I hope this delicate surgery pays off. If anybody’s going to have a dual personality in my novels I want it to be a plot device, not a book breaker.
I figure I’ll probably end up writing 6 to 8 drafts of this book before I deem it finished enough to show an agent or editor. How many drafts do you write (short stories/novellas/novels)?
— david j.