Don’t leave it in rough draft

I’ve been crazy busy the last couple of weeks. Nothing physical–all the work’s been inside my head.

Finished the complete rewrite of book 3.

Accepted and finished a heavy critique of a book for a friend.

Started work on this pic for a contest.

griffin-pony1

Guess which task has fallen by the wayside.

This pic is a rough draft. I did it in an hour and a half in one sitting, scribbling furiously away with my tablet. It has lines. It has gaps. It has issues with lighting and shadow molding and what the heck is up with their legs?

But hopefully you can see that it’s a pony and a griffin. And it has nice colors.

The story I just finished, book 3, is the word-version of this scribble. Holes. Gaps. But that’s what revisions are for. Hopefully the finished product will–well–be art, and not a further mess.

The story I finished critiquing was somewhat the same. It was messy and unfinished, but beneath the plotholes and thin characters lurked a really good story. I’m hoping the author takes the time to really polish it, because it’ll shine. If not, well, it’ll be one more scribble posted to deviantArt (I mean Amazon) that people will glance at the preview, say, “Meh” and move on. But with polish, people will notice the sparkles and stick around for a longer look.

I’ve dumped “speedpaints” to DA before. They get a meh and a tiny bit of applause for effort. That’s it.

The same thing happens when folks dump a rough draft to Amazon. Passers-by glance at it, shrug and click to the next thing.

Of course, amazingly-painted masterpieces sometimes get that treatment, too. Maybe it’s the cover. Maybe the blurb is boring. Maybe the thumbnail’s composition looks lame. But given enough time (and if the author/artist pushes it on people), its hits/sales will start to climb. I’ve experienced this on Wattpad. It’s like a snowball you start rolling downhill. It takes a bit of pushing to keep it going, but after a while it gains momentum and rolls by itself.

I’m positively metaphorical today!

Anyway. Fix up those rough drafts. If you don’t know how, find somebody to critique it who does know. Give it your best shot and move on to something else.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t leave it in rough draft”

  1. Kinda like life. Full of holes and not looking right but along comes someone who sees possibilities and there you are. 🙂
    Great story, really you are doing so great this summer. You really are. I am very proud of you.

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