First drafts are notoriously easy for me to breeze through.
Step #1: An idea pops into my head
Step#2: I write about it.
However, the rewriting process has proven to be more of a challenge for me. I find myself questioning the passages which I jotted down in the first draft.
Should I mention the hilarious vignette about the nature hike gone wrong? Will the readers be interested in the greater implications of what life is like in a town with a huge military presence?
Generally, by the time I reach this point in the rewriting process, I am breezing onto the next project. However, I am making a HUGE effort to break my usual pattern with this untitled Newport memoir. I will not allow this project to fade into the realm of my infamous Purgatory for unfinished writing projects.
Each day, I toil on rewriting aspect of this project for at least 2 hours. The work has been slow but, I can see a huge difference between the crappy first draft and the one I am working on right now.
Initially, I wanted to keep the same light-hearted tone throughout the memoir. However, there are some things in which cannot be glossed over.
A great deal of this self-discovery took place in the midst of the heartache and pain yet, there were still many moments of levity which occurred during this painful time.