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Once You've Finished a Draft of Your Story

You say inspiration took hold, and you've plowed ahead and written an entire first draft? Terrific! Now you have a choice:

If you want to keep working on your story...

Here are some steps to follow:

Evaluate it

Is your story interesting? Does it make sense? Will a reader understand it and care about the outcome?


Can you think of ideas to make it better?


If you want to keep working on your story, it's time to start rewriting. (Writing is rewriting. Don't expect it to come out right the first time. It never does for me. Why should it for you?)

If you're going to keep working on your story right now, go ahead. I'll be here when you get back.

If you'd like to take a break from your story...

It may be time to take a closer look at the elements of successful storytelling. If you're just beginning the Hyperspace section, click Next to go on. Otherwise, find the topic where you left off in the lefthand navigation bar.


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