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Those of us who want to write a fictional story know that this is no easy task. It does require a vivid imagination and a whole lot of drive to get the book done along with the discipline to go through all the drafts to get it just right. However, no matter how many times we may stop to edit our story there is still a chance that we could fall into making some of the most common mistakes known to writers. Yes, authors who are published through a publishing house will have an editing department who could catch these errors but this is the era of self-publishing and more aspiring authors are taking this route. So, these mistakes are so easy to fall into that even some of the most well-known authors who are best sellers have to be cautious of falling into these pitfalls. So, what are these common editorial problems that plague every author be it aspiring or established? Well, below we will go into some of these and ways in which you can go about avoiding these in the future.
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When writing a fiction novel, the author needs to be prepared to write several drafts. It will take at least five drafts before a person has a finished product and something that they can be proud of. There are some tips when working on the fourth draft of the novel. This is called the Analytical draft or the surgical draft. Each line of the writing is closely examined and picked apart until it flows properly.
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Wanting to write a novel is just half the battle. Any new writer knows just having an idea in their minds and perhaps an outline of how the overall story is going to go is just the beginning of the work that lies ahead. Of course, for those who are doing historical or even science fiction novels there is research to perform. Fiction is one thing but readers still want some fact that they can pull from.
Once all this is done, it’s now time to write the novel. Then write it again, and again. Yes, before a novel is done it could go through many drafts as we edit and polish it. The question though is how many drafts does a novel actually require? Some might say as many as it takes. The only problem is that some of us may be forever editing and rewriting a novel to get it perfect, and this can lead to over-editing. So, with this in mind let's look at a method known as the 5 draft method that some writers follow in order to work efficiently and effectively.
Draft 1: The Junk Draft
This is the draft where the writer just lets the ideas flow forth. Just get everything down on paper or typed out. It's the draft where we don't stop to think too much just get the bare bones of the story into existence.
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