On rewriting: "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a REASON!"
About one-fifth of the way through Draft 2 edits on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Already I've performed some significant surgery — cut multiple scenes down, telescoped them into each other.
The hardest issue I deal with in such work is the temptation to justify the existence of whatever is already in the manuscript. "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a reason." That whole routine. Horribly familiar, isn't it?
On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.
Writing wonkery ahead.
Over the weekend I finished putting together the scene map for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and slotted into it the "things to do" collected from the notes I'd kept during the first draft process. Some details follow for those not in the know.
On finding my way through the second draft of a story.
Time to lift the hood on my work habits a little. The second draft process for one of my books — Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in particular, which is the one I'm currently rewriting — works something like this.