Exciting news! I have finally finish drafting East of Yesterday!
Here’s some quick stats:
- Genre – Time Travel Historical with light science fiction elements
- Length – 111,000 words
- Point-of-View – Third Person
- Number of Points-of-View Characters 4 major, 5 minor
- Number of Chapters – 46
- Oldest file time/date stamp: 6/7/2009 for “brainstorming.doc”
This book is in a better state of polish than I have ever achieved with an initial draft, but that’s mostly because it isn’t really an initial draft. I have stopped resisting the impulse to edit as I draft, and I do think it worked out better for me this way. True, I sketched out the initial scenes back in 2009, but during that time, I rewrote and published The Sevenfold Spell, drafted and published The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf, wrote three Petroleum Sunset stories, self-published two of them, and wrote a significant amount for two other fairy tales (which I may get back to one day). Plus, I wrote a quarter of a Christian suspense that I have indefinitely shelved, and revised Magic by Starlight.
Obviously, I was getting nowhere. Last year, I stopped such a scattershot approach and picked the WIP that I thought had the greatest chance to succeed. Since then, I have been working on this novel exclusively.
The manuscript I have now is in much better shape than any other first draft I have ever managed. When I start a writing session, I go back to reread and edit what I wrote during the previous session. This helps me continue on with the same tone/ voice (which I alter per POV). Another thing I do, is when I have a revision that affects another part of the manuscript, I drop a bookmark (the word “here” formatted with a special style), go make the revision, and then go back and reread to ensure everything is in sync.
- Ship off to beta reader
- Take a two or three-week break–until she sends feedback
- Sweep the novel according to my manuscript clean-up process
- Read it aloud/final polish
- Write synopsis and pitch
I am hoping to be ready to look for an agent by March.
Edit: here is a link to my East of Yesterday page.