Drafts… How Many?

I was just curious as to how many drafts of a novel people did before they were happy with their work and I was really surprised when I asked authors and had a look around online.

The majority of people say they do two drafts of their work, that really surprised me as I do way more than that, I’m beginning to wonder how they manage on just two to catch all of the details, I’m still finding things to change after the fourth and fifth draft, I generally don’t put it out to a few chosen readers until after the fifth and still after that there are things that need changing.

I think there must be far more confident writers out there than me, maybe this is something I should work on but then again, I do enjoy doing the drafts so maybe that’s why I do so many.

So just out of curiosity how many do you do?



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