Hooray for the Second Draft!

All of these were once messes of red ink and notes scribbled in the margins
All of these were once messes of red ink and notes scribbled in the margins

I’ve discussed before the hatred many people feel for writing second drafts, and some ways to survive that. But as David Tallerman pointed out in response, there’s actually a lot of pleasure to be taken in writing second drafts. If you’re happy getting critical with yourself, they can be the most satisfying part.

My personal favourite thing about writing second drafts is finding something cool I wrote but had forgotten about, something that reminds me that I really can write. David expands upon the joy of second draft better than I could do, so if you’re still struggling with those pesky edits then go check out his post.