So I am currently in the aging period between first and second draft. I have been told that it is best to give a few weeks away from the story to let it mature, so to speak.
Meanwhile, I have been reading “On Writing” by Stephen King. He suggests figuring out what your theme is. What kept you bent over the keyboard at night, rather than sleeping. That way when you work on your second draft, you can polish it in the proper places.
So, what is my theme? Loyalty? Forgiveness? Redemption? I am not sure yet. I am going to wait another week or two while my critique partners get to the end. Fresh eyes when I re-read it will hopefully help ferret it out.
How about you? Do you know the theme of your WIP? What do you do after you finish your first draft? Do you attack the second draft right away, or give it a resting period?
Also, I am casting about for my next story. I may have a kernel starting to sprout. :^)