My Second Draft Selfie and Baseline

After two-and-a-half months in a drawer (virtual and otherwise), I took out the first draft of my novel in order to begin reading it today, in preparation for writing the second draft. I thought I’d capture the moment in a selfie, with me and my first draft together at the beginning with the idea that I’d capture us again at the end when the second draft is finished.


I expect to finish writing the draft by March 31, 2014, which is 120 days from today. It will be interesting to see how I look (to say nothing of the manuscript) when that 120 is over.

As I have mentioned before, second drafts are complete rewrites for me. The first draft is where I tell myself the story, and the second draft is where I tell it to the reader, now that I know the story myself. I am really excited to get started and see how things go.

The first draft of the novel came in at 92,200 words, which is the final count, not including several false starts. I wonder how long the second draft will be?

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

2 thoughts on “My Second Draft Selfie and Baseline

  1. Brian, I think I used my paper quota for the next 10 years printing that out. But I just had to see what my novel draft looked like, had to hold it in my hands like a newborn, if you know what I mean.

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