so i’m reading through the first draft of Prodigal, and i’ve come to a couple of conclusions:
1) it’s pretty good. not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but good. i think the long layoff between periods of writing it really hurt me. as i’m reading through it, i can nearly see where i stopped and started. i think the second draft is going to be easier, in many ways. it’s going to be simpler to go through and clean up a lot of the mistakes.
2) consistency is going to be key. because i did have some layoffs while writing the first draft, there are things that are completely inconsistent. there are things i don’t remember from one chapter to the next. the narrative line through the novel HAS to be consistent. but that’s just work. i can (and will) make that work.
i’m a little over 200 pages into the first read-through. i’ve gotten some stuff down pretty good. other stuff? not so much. but overall the manuscript is a pleasure to read. i’m enjoying the fact that i put together a pretty damn good manuscript — and looking forward to the rewrite.