A few days ago I finished the first draft of my new serial killer thriller called Wrapt. When you finish writing a first draft, it’s easy to think, “Man, that was random.” Because you have to include every tid-bit you think might fit into the book. You know a lot of it is going to be garbage, and you’ll cut a lot on the second draft. That’s normal.
But I think it’s good to have your computer (or a live person, if possible) read the first draft back to you. Microsoft Word will do that for you. There are lots of other programs that will do it. But have it read back to you. Listen to it. How does it sound? Yes, yes, the computer lacks a joie de vivre. It’s okay. Let it roll. It’s good to hear the words.
I’m in a the middle of doing this now with Wrapt, and I’m really enjoying the story. Yes, I paid myself to say that. But it’s real.