I started my first round of revisions on WARMAIDEN last week, and they are going quite well. I’ve only had to add 300 words total. Well, that’s the delta. I’ve removed quite a few and added a little more than what I’ve removed. I just finished all revisions of chapter 1-3 (the book is 20 chapters total.) My critique group in the CSFWG has critiqued through chapter 13 in their hands. I hope to be done with those revisions before they receive chapter 14 later this month. The overall flow of the story has not changed a bit, but the prose supporting the story is much strong and works very well. I can’t wait to see what they have to say about chapters 4-6 (which is my next section.) I’ll probably start those tomorrow during lunch.
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I am VERY HAPPY to announce that I just finished the first draft of my first book. It weighs in at 97,700 words. WARMAIDEN is finished! However, it’s not DONE. Now come the rewrites based on critiques from the CSFWG. From the feedback I’ve received so far, it’s not going to be that rough.
It’s been a while since I’ve given anyone an update on the status of WARMAIDEN. The book is coming along nicely. At the end of NaNoWriMo in November, I was up to 60,000 words. Since that time I’ve crept up to 80,000 words, and I hope to be done around the 110,000 word mark. That’s probably at least two months away.
Once I’m all done with the writing, then comes time to go back through the book with a fine-toothed comb — and my critiques from the Colorado Springs Fiction Writer’s Group — and fix any glaring mistakes or problems with the manuscript. In a way, I’m looking forward to the edits. The main reason I’m looking forward to that part of the process is that it means that I’ve written a book. Finally.
I’m not naive enough to think that just because the book is written that it’s done and finished. Even once I’m done with the first round of edits, I’m not done with the book. I still have to land an agent, go through their editorial process (if any), get the book in front of a publisher, and go through their many rounds of edits, and finally get it printed and on a shelf. Until I see it sitting on a shelf on my local bookstore, I’m not considering the project completed.
Yeah… I’ve got a long ways to go.