I’m back!!

I know I disappeared on here for a lo-o-o-ong time. It was for a good reason, though. I had a baby!

It turns out that being an expectant mother for 9 months and then being a new parent immediately after that is wonderful, but also busy and exhausting, so during that time I took a break from updating the writing blog and decided to just focus on the important stuff–my baby, and the writing itself.

During the past year, this is what I accomplished:

  • Finished the revisions on Draft 3 of HYBRID. This new version became Draft 4.
  • Did more world building.
  • Revised Draft 4. This version became Draft 5.
  • Did even more world building.
  • Revised Draft 5. A lot.
  • My current MS word count: ???????? Who knows. I’d guess still around 65,000 words. I’ll have to check Scrivener during my son’s next naptime.

I am now in the process of polishing Draft 5 at the sentence level. This polished draft will become Draft 6. Once it’s done, I will be at a point where I don’t know how else to improve the manuscript (though I will be the first to admit that it is far from perfect!).

Which means that it will be time to proceed to the Querying Stage.

That’s too scary to think about though, so for now, my updates will focus on the task at hand: polishing! Which is my favorite part of the revision process.

This week, I finished retooling one character and began working on the next item in my revision plan, which was to smooth over the chapters for one of my POV characters and make her POV more consistent. I should be done with this stage of revisions sometime in mid-May.

Current MS word count: 62,766

This week, I did some additional world building and started retooling one of my characters. I struggled writing this particular character the first time around, so I’m going through the draft and smoothing out her arc a bit. I ended up redoing her entire character sheet and “taking her to lunch” to get to know her a bit more. Now I’m working on rewriting every place she appears in the novel.

Words written: 956

Current MS word count: 62,607

This week, I did some world building!

Yes, I probably should have done that before I even wrote my first draft. But that never actually happens. I always intend to do all of the world building beforehand, but I just get so swept up into the story that I think, “Well, I can hammer out the world later, but FIRST I have to capture the story!” And that’s what happened with HYBRID.

So this week I took some time to give the world some attention, hammer out more details, and figure out which ones are relevant to the story I’m trying to tell. I’m hoping it will create a richer narrative experience than before.

This week, I collected feedback from my lovely alpha readers, who were so helpful with their comments. I then put together a revision plan and schedule, and I’m so excited to get started. It was nice to take a break, but I can’t wait to see how this next draft comes together!