A little internet searching garnered me some quotes to keep me going. These are from www.howtoreviseyournovel.com and seem to resonate with the sentiments of almost every writer's discussion board and website I have come across. Apparently the first draft is not the apex of any novel's greatness. I will press on with my two-volume bound 'tome' to try to make it what I have envisioned it should be.
- "First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about." - Bernard Malamud
- "There is no great writing, only great rewriting." - Justice Brandeis
- "Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it." - Michael Crichton