It’s been almost two weeks since my last post, which is not surprising because I blogged on Jan. 5th, and Jan. 6th I printed off my manuscript. All 215 glorious pages of it.
(Also, I always feel compelled to defend my use of paper… look, I just have to. It’s part of my process. I love the environment. Also trees are useful. And I print my stuff single spaced. And I recycle. So. Um. Yeah.)
Since then, I’ve been reading through it and meticulously marking up every page with things that need to be cut, reworded, tweaked, etc. A few scenes toward the end need more complete overhauls, but I’m not surprised by that because the bulk of the book’s last 20-25 pages were just drafted in December.
During this period of time I’ve also had two readers finish my book. This is the first time I’ve ever had people finish reading one of my books, chiefly because I’ve had CPs drop off before they could read an entire draft (and haven’t let my husband near one of my drafts before).
I’m sure you’re dying to know how it’s going, and so I’ll tell you…
The book is not done yet, and it’s not perfect, and it’ll honestly never be perfect. But I’m becoming increasingly satisfied with it. I legitimately think I’ll have it ready to query by my self-imposed deadline.
As of today, I’ve started typing in all of my changes. I’ve made it through six chapters. My main goal of this revision (beyond, obviously, fixing everything that needs to be fixed) is trimming at least 2,000 words… and hopefully more like 3K or 4K. That might be a pipe dream, but I WILL TRY.
I’ve also been reading a lot in the new year. Already in January I’ve gotten through the following: 101 DALMATIANS, WARCROSS, LABYRINTH LOST, THE RAVEN BOYS, and THE HATE U GIVE. I am currently (finally) reading TRUTHWITCH and PASSENGER.
That’s all for now! I’m off to work on this book and try and ward off the freezing cold. Seriously can’t feel my toes. Not even sure what toes are anymore. Or if I ever had them.