I mentioned last week that I couldn't decide whether to continue with the second draft of my current work-in-progress. I need to make some major changes - the villains need to be badder, the main character needs to be more likeable (I always have this problem!) and a few secondary characters could be fleshed out more.
It's very tempting to scrap Draft Two and just start Draft Three (now with more evil and cuddliness than the next leading draft!).
Anyway, I've decided to finish Draft Two. Draft One had a rubbish ending. People talked. A lot. Remember the ending of Breaking Dawn? Like that, without the vampires. I've always been fascinated by the subtle art of diplomacy and negotiation but jeez, there is a limit.
Draft Two was largely to fix the ending, which involved making the MC more active and less inclined to sit back and be the 'new girl', 'audience stand-in.'
That has been addressed, but I'm still missing something. I'm about three-quarters of the way through, my complications have all happened and my MCs are in a great big mess. All that's left is to somehow resolve the great big mess and end the book.
It's so tempting to skip it and go back to perfecting my opening.
But I'm not. I'm going to stick with Draft Two, write my ending and then, in the immortal words of Samuel Goldwyn, at least I'll have something to change.
How do you guys handle multiple drafts?