Idle Ruminations As I Work On The 2nd Draft Of My #Novel #AmWriting

by Shelton Bumgarner

I am hard at work on the second draft of my novel and it’s interesting how difficult it is to get people to understand that the first draft that I have sent out for them to read is just that, a first draft. And as such, it’s not finished and there are more drafts to come.

Some people can not, will not understand that I am writing the whole thing all over again from scratch and the next draft will be a lot longer and a lot better. It kind of boggles my mind. Something that seems so obvious and simple to me is simply not within the realm of understanding for some people.

The first draft of my novel is crap. It stinks. It’s “lazy” and “garbage” that “sucks.” That, at least is what one person who read it told me. Anyway, I am rewriting the whole thing from scratch and I, at least, feel that this second draft is a lot better

I should not have even shown the first draft to anyone, but I couldn’t help myself. The second draft I think I will keep to myself more. I’m writing the second draft more for myself than anyone else. I do, however, really need to read more. As it stands, I don’t really read novels. But I need to change that, big time.

Anyway, I am going to finish this second draft and then do another outline and rewrite the whole thing again. Maybe once I get to the third draft I will have drained enough passion out of all of this that I will finally be able to write some much needed character studies. I am beginning to understand these characters better, but they are still ad hoc enough that sometimes give them traits simply because I need them to have them.

Regardless, I am really enjoying doing all this writing. Hopefully, eventually, I will finally write a draft good enough that people won’t tell me it sucks.

If you are all that interested, here is the first draft — >> Nuk. It sucks and is a waste of time, but I needed to write it to get the story down so I could write the next draft more effectively. Should you read it and have some advice, please email me at migukin (at)