I’ve posted a revision of Part One of Warbreaker on my forums.
You might want to have a look, particularly if you’re interested in the process of writing. While I’ve posted the new file, I’ve also posted one where I used the Microsoft Word Track Changes function to highlight each and every change I made between drafts.
I’ll do this every time I release a draft, so you can see the evolution of a book.
This draft is really just a consistency draft. I haven’t read through the book since I finished it, and so it really needs to be looked at again.
It’s interesting how a book evolves. Though I have a rough draft done, I don’t KNOW the book yet–not like I need to. By the time I’m finished drafting a book, I’ve read it so many times that it’s very familiar to me. My editor can quote just a phrase, and I’ll know where in the story he’s reading.
Getting to that point takes time. I kind of imagine a book a little like a sculpture. The rough draft knocks out the basic shape of the novel, but each time I read through it I’m chipping away at it, taking off some large chunks, just smoothing it out in other places.
The end, after eight or ten drafts, is a finished work.
And, for those of you with attention spans to short for reading a big long post like this, here’s another wedding photo:
That’s me punching CtlZed/Nethermore with Morag looking on in amusement. I can’t remember what Zed did. Probably stole my penguin or something.
He’s always doing stuff like that.