Time is on my side or many drafts make right work

by SJ Griffin

I have now started the fifth draft of my novel. Whoever said writing is mostly editing was mostly right. I find writing is mostly playing Minecraft or moaning about not writing or doing something that isn’t writing, like walking the dog or watching Knights of Sidonia, but that could just be me.

I’ve got a list of things to do to achieve a finished fifth draft. One of these things was to make sure that I know what day things happen on. Basic, no?


The thing was all over the place. There was a massive three month gap just after the middle. I’ve no idea why. I must have changed my mind about something or needed the weather to be different or have some event to happen in the wider world (the story is set in the past). There is also one part when, despite this book not being science fiction, we go back in time and then leap forward again all in the blink of an eye. In some books that might work magnificently. It might elevate said book from tawdry paperback to literary masterpiece. Sadly, that is not the case here. What it does here is shift the author a little along the stupid scale from idiot to imbecile.

How could I let this happen?

Easily. Very easily.

Luckily, I was aware that for some people writing is mostly editing and embarked on a fifth draft armed with a focused to do list.

And now to Minecraft! Don’t those Endermen make a terrible noise when you kill them?