Rough Draft: the Good, the Fair, and the Ugly

After reading through and making notes to the rough draft of my novel, I scored each chapter on how well I believed it flowed and how much work was still needed. Right now, I’m on chapter 6 (Fair) and I really like how this tiny bit of information has helped me as I approach each chapter. Here are the results:

9 out 30 “Good”

1 out of 30 “Good but slow in beginning”

3 out of 30 “Good but short”

6 out of 30 “Fair”

6 out of 30 “Needs Work”

3 of them I didn’t mark for some unknown reason.

2 chapters really stood out: 23 I loved  & 27 I hated.

By the end of the 2nd draft I hope to have at least all the “Needs Work” at “Fair”. And all the “Fair” to “Good” And all the “Good but short” chapters only “Good.” It would be so cool if all the “Good” were changed to “Awesome” – lol – but I’ll take have to take it one draft at a time.

Here is the breakdown:

  1. Good
  2. Needs work
  3. Needs work
  4. Good
  5. Fair
  6. Fair
  7. Needs work
  8. I didn’t mark
  9. Good but short
  10. Good
  11. Good but short
  12. Good
  13. Good
  14. Good but slow in the beginning
  15. Fair
  16. Needs work
  17. Good
  18. Good
  19. Good but short
  20. I didn’t mark
  21. Needs work
  22. Fair
  23. Intense – Awesome!
  24. Fair
  25. Good
  26. Fair
  27. Lousy chapter – Needs lots of work
  28. Good
  29. Needs work
  30. Didn’t mark

Regarding the title of this post  – yeah,  I’m a Clint Eastwood western fan

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana 🙂

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