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One of the advantages to working on a second draft is you don’t have to go in any particular order. I know some people write first drafts out of order, working on whatever is most exciting first. Since I’m about two-thirds discovery writer, it really works best for me to tackle the first draft from beginning to end.

On the second draft, though, I already know the story. I’ve got some notes in it for things I want to change, add, build up, etc. And now I can take them in any order. I still usually try to work from beginning to end, but if I find myself getting stuck anywhere, I can easily just skip to another chapter.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing on SEVEN STARS. I got a little stuck on exactly how I want to handle something with my first point-of-view character, so I skipped to the other. (This story has two point-of-view characters.)

In some ways, at least for me, second drafts are almost as much fun as first drafts. And they are first drafts, at least in part, because the manuscript usually grows by about a third.

Later revisions, not so much.

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Borrowed from a fellow writer’s Facebook page (Thanks Melanie):

As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It’s a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.
– Paul Rudnick

It’s not quite as ugly as that for me, but I have to admit there is a fair amount of procrastination involved. I’ve always blamed that on genetics, ’til now. (If procrastination were an Olympic event, my father would have had a whole case full of gold medals.)

Turns out, it’s really just part of being a writer after all.

Of course, being me, my procrastinations are different and mostly involve the internet: reading my email, checking my online writers’ groups, reading blogs agents or other writers, doing a few online puzzles, even checking Facebook. And I don’t even like Facebook.

So, what do you do to procrastinate?

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