|Psst! Edits are done!|
Because so much of writing a novel is invisible to all but the author (and the people who live with her), I really enjoy when I have quantitative stats.
I'm notorious for overwriting, which means each edit was as much about trimming as it was about refining the story.
- Draft 1 = 124,615 words / 444 pages
- Draft 2 = 120,887 words / 431 pages
- Draft 3 = 119,771 words / 427 pages
As I pointed out earlier, the actual writing of the novel is one of the shortest parts of the process:
Story and Character Building
Days: 17 Time: 22 hours
Days: 24 Time: 26 hours
Days: 72 Time: 127 hours
Days: 63 Time: 95 hours
Total to Date
Days: 176 Time: 270 hours
Percentage of Time Spent on Eva's Novel That Didn't Involve Writing: 52%
Given that in the future I want to write 2-3 books a year, I'm really going to need to pick up the pace. But for now, I'm content. Averaging 1.5 hours a day on top of work and life is pretty good.
|Yo. I'm ready to be critiqued.|
It's not perfect. I was sorely tempted to do another round of edits before showing it to anyone, but there comes a point where keeping the book to myself is counterproductive. I can do another round of edits when I implement changes. Because I know there'll be changes. Right now, the book feels done. The scenes feel complete.
But they're not. I know this from experience. I'm so close to my work, there are going to be things I'll miss that no matter how many times I read the novel.