So, the first draft on my latest novel is 85,000+ words. The way it normally goes for me: 11,000-20,000 words for the rough draft, followed by 40,000-60,000 words second draft, then 85,000 words final draft. Um…I think I’m in trouble on this one. Well, maybe not trouble. But I am in for a lot more editing on this one than previous books. Yikes.
As I’ve been reviewing and trying piece my brain together to attack the second draft, I’ve been doing things a bit differently than with previous books. After all, this book is very different from what I’ve written before. The story and POV is different for sure, but not overwhelmingly changed, but the dilemma of the word count is a new one for me. The first 20 chapters are written in chapter format, but after those 60,000 words, I hadn’t come to turning point yet, so I knew I needed to just get it done and insert scenes and brief narration to move the story forward so I knew where it was headed. The remaining 25,000 words are “short story” format, and very roughly written, with few actual scenes fleshed out. Yikes.
Plus, after 85,000 words, I still don’t have the title for it. I’ve gone through a series of about 5 options, and still don’t like any of them. Should make it interesting.
Anyhow…the process I’ve been going through as I approach draft #2 includes the following steps:
- Revamp the outline
- Outline the book within the document
- Read the draft at least a half dozen times
- Combine chapters
- Cut scenes that don’t move the story forward
But, I’ve hit the wall with these. So, it’s time to press forward and flesh out the rest of the chapters. Sure, it means I’ll have a 2nd draft of about 150,000-200,000 words, but it’s time. Should be interesting.