I'm experiencing some technical difficulties with my blog at the moment, so I won't be able to post pictures or add hyperlinks. However, I didn't want to miss the Insecure Writers' Support Group this month. If I have the opportunity later, I'll go back and edit as needed.
For those who are new to this blog, I'm working on Books 3 and 4 in a fantasy series. I've finished the first draft of Book 3 but still need to revise it. However, I'm currently spending more time working on the first draft of Book 4, even though I know the priority should be publishing Book 3. In some ways, it's easier to write something new instead of revising. With first draft, the important thing is to get words down and reach the end, so they don't have to be perfect, or even good. After all, I can tell myself I can change word, phrases, or ideas in the next draft. However, once the words are down, it can be harder to change them, especially if you need to remove them and start over, as I had to do with the beginning of Book 3.
I think what I'm going to do is set aside at least one session a week for editing Book 3. In the meantime, I'll continue to work on Book 4. It would be nice to have the first draft of that book done by the end of year. Hopefully I'll be able to publish Books 3 and 4 fairly close to each other. Since this is a five-part series, it will give me some incentive to work hard on the final book so there isn't too long of a wait between Books 4 and 5.
Do you prefer working on your first draft or your second? How do you make working on your least favorite part of writing easier? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.