AlexH wrote:I just realised my Q2 HM was only a third draft. How many drafts do people do generally?
For me, my most major revisions come if I have an idea that significantly deepens the story overall. I also tend to have scenes I couldn't write properly the first time through (I suppose filling those in might technically be part of the first draft, though), and also if I'm trying to layer in or reinforce the thematic imagery in the piece.
(Note: the worse my mood is when I start writing, the more likely I am to have clunky, bad scenes that need rewriting or revision, but I do hold to the idea that it's better to have something to revise than to not
As for the number...I don't really keep count. Once the story is essentially complete, I do read-through revisions, looking for things that feel odd, and also checking off my mini-list of things that I need to make sure the story is nailing (particularly true as the number of core plot threads goes up, as I need to make sure I don't accidentally edit away one of them when tightening the prose. I've done that before, and left the end of that thread feeling like it came out of nowhere.)