53,092: My Lucky Number

Well, I’ve just finished revising my Creepy Faces manuscript–what I’ve got of it, anyway.

(I don’t know about y’all, but I just can’t do that whole “don’t stop writing until you’ve got a finished first draft” thing. It goes against every instinct in my body, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my twenty-nine years, it’s that you should ALWAYS TRUST YOUR BODY’S INSTINCTS.)

(FALSE. That was a joke.)

Anyway, so I’ve been going back through what I’ve written so far, cleaning it up as much as possible and trying to take it from Bits Of Story to Whole Story, which is a very difficult process, as many of you know.

And already I can see that I’ve completely forgotten about one VERY IMPORTANT plot thread. I basically just left it dangling somewhere around Chapter 4.

BUT.

Do you know how many words I have?

I BET YOU’LL NEVER GUESS.

(Hint: It’s in the title of this post.)

OMG HOW DID YOU KNOW? That’s right! I have 53,092 words in this draft! AND THEY AREN’T (completely) TERRIBLE!

In some circles (coughNaNocough) that would be considered a COMPLETE DRAFT.

But, of course, it’s not. Because it’s not…well…complete. I haven’t reached the end of the story yet. I’m close-ish, but I’m not there. Several things still need to happen (not the least of which is picking up that plot thread from Chapter 4 and weaving it back into the story), and even when it is “done,” it will be nowhere close to DONE.

But that’s when my very favorite stage begins: Beta edits!

I know. Some people HATE this stage. But I completely and totally LOVE IT. No matter how good I think the story is after I’ve done all I can do, it gets about 500% MOAR BETTER with each round of Beta edits. And that makes Mama happy.

How about you? Where are you in your WIP?

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16 thoughts on “53,092: My Lucky Number

  1. Mercedes says:

    Yay for you! YAY!

    I’m finishing my current WIP this month, hopefully. I’d like to get it to my agent in November, but we’ll see. Good for you!

  2. Mary Katherine says:

    That is so exciting! I’m getting close to being stuck in the middle of my WIP (and the whole college thing isn’t helping me get it done either) but, it’s getting there, even if it is at a glacial pace. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Dean from Australia says:

    I don’t believe I’m saying this but I’ve actually started gathering notes for a third novel. I imagine that it’s gonna be a while before I start lying down some foundation work but, I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little bit excited. Heart transplant surgery is waaay fascinating…

  4. Alexandra Shostak says:

    YAY! (And wow, am I late to the comment party or what? I was at a wedding–not my fault!) I always get a little scared when my story goes to CPs, mostly because I’m afraid they’ll show me some unfixable thing in my ms that will mean I have to trash the whole thing. (Which never happens, I always end up with fabulous comments that push the story farther into awesomeness than I ever could have taken it myself.) But I love revisions, especially once I’m on draft 4 or 5, after the “OMG I HAVE TO REWRITE ALL OF THIS” stage, where I can see it actually getting PRETTY. I do write full first drafts, but mostly because I’m on such a roll that I don’t stop until I’m at the end. I do leave holes in those drafts, scenes I can’t write but know need to be there, or dangling plot threads (like whoa, that happens all the time.) I also decide to change details, don’t go back and fix the earlier stuff I wrote, and just continue on as though the details were there all the time.

    I’m currently on draft four of my ms. It’s been to one CP, and I’m getting it ready to go to another CP. I’ve been rearranging a lot of stuff–not a whole lot of rewriting, which was draft 2 and draft 3 (omg, 11 different versions of some chapters, I was ready to die) but still a lot of work. And a lot of stress on my printer. One of the things I *AM* really weird about is that I have a hard time revising out of order. If I’m having trouble with one chapter, I can’t just jump over it. I do a lot of outlining during the revision stage because when I’m stuck on a chapter, I start making outlines for other parts of the story, because I can’t actually go forth and work on them.

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