My first major writing goal of the year has been met. I wanted to have the fourth draft of my novel completed by 2/21, and I’ve brought it in four days early. I’m currently on winter break so I will likely devote the rest of my time off to putting a dent in draft five. Right now, I think draft five will be the last one. We shall see. If I don’t feel like it’s ready, I sure won’t be rushing to begin the querying process. That said, aside from a few notable things I want to update, I’m not sure continuing to fiddle with the story will add anything of value and I’ve heard that that is when it is time to stop, lest you go on tweaking until the end of time.
I’ve quite enjoyed the revision process. Getting the first draft out was like pulling teeth, but I’ve found loads of joy (okay, the kind of joy that is drizzled with frustration) in figuring out how to make that little story I wrote better. I love challenging and pushing myself.
Stats on draft four:
Word count: 82,000
Time to complete: 48 days
And just for fun… stats from draft 1:
Word count: 71,000
Time to complete: over 364 days
Goals for draft five:
Do not allow word count to exceed 83,000 (awesome if I can find a way to hack it back down to 80,000)
Finish by 4/6
Make it as awesome and polished as I can
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