Wow, sometimes it doesn’t feel like reality when you type “The End”. My novel ended rather abruptly for me yesterday, not that it wasn’t finished, the characters just surprised me by their sudden – yup, we’re done. A little shy of my projected word count, but it’s only draft one and I have a lot of adding/editing to do.
I’m pretty happy that the story structure is complete, but it didn’t feel the same that it did the first time. Of course the first story I wrote took nearly 10 years of a page here, a page there…get busy with life, etc. This novel took less than 6 months, so I think I’m in shock it’s over that quickly. I know I need to set it aside and let it marinate in my mind for a bit before really shredding it apart and creating draft two. But I…I’m not really ready to let go of the story yet. Do you think it’s detrimental to my story if I try to edit it immediately? I mean, honestly, I’ve gone back and read a scene or two and thought – wait? I wrote that? I don’t remember that.
Anyone have any suggestions on attempted the second draft and what works best for you? I really need to give my hero a lot more back story and inject their motivations and beliefs into it more. Should I take it side by side with a blank page and rewrite it completely? Should I print it out, grab a notebook and red pen and just start editing?
2014 is shaping up to be a great year and we’re only a month and a half in! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year plays out. Blessed with the right people in my life, my family, my job and a positive attitude. How could I not finish my next manuscript and send it in!
Final First Draft Word Count – 52,000 (*60,000 needed)