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First Draft Complete

First draft complete george florence

It took me nine days, but I edited the first draft of George Florence!

One of my 2016 resolutions was to have a better routine with my writing, editing, reading, blogging, etc, etc.

January is and “editing” month for me. That means I don’t plan on writing anything new, though I do continue to blog and read throughout the month.

With that being said, I have specific days to blog and edit/write. This is so I don’t burn myself out with my novels or my blog. Alternating between the two allows me to have a break but still get stuff done.

This is something I’ve mentioned many times before, but I’ll say it again because it’s been working for me. Maybe a similar schedule will work for you as well.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays I write or edit. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays I works on my blogs.

I write and edit in the morning before work Monday through Wednesday. I take Saturdays to write as well because I don’t have work so I have more hours in the day. Plus I go to the bookstore to write. A change in environment is always a good thing and it gets me out of the house.

Since the first day of January was a Friday I started editing George Florence on January 2, a Saturday. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday after that I edited George Florence every morning before work. On Saturday January 16, I ended up edited over 50 pages. It took me most of the day, but I finished the whole draft.

Now here’s the catch…

When I rewrote this novel in Lilah’s point of view, I never actually finished the novel. I had a lot of information to hold on to as well as tons of research to do.

I originally planned on having each case split into two novels. Then later I decided not to. Then I switched the point of view and didn’t know whether the book would be too long or too short. So I decided to see where it led me.

I ended the draft where I would have ended the “first book” if I was going to continue this particular plot and case through the second book. Though, I don’t think I want to drag it on that long.

So next month I plan on typing up the second draft. As I do, I’ll conduct some research, make notes, and then try to finish the novel. I don’t think the novel will be that much longer anyway. As of right now, unfinished, the novel stands at 233 pages. I may get up to 300 pages or so as I finish it. Then I’m sure I’ll cut some out during the next editing process.

If you’ve read my post Editing Goals, you’ll know I definitely have my work cut out for me next month.

I am going to put George Florence to rest until February comes along. I want to type it up with fresh eyes.

In the meantime, including today, there’s still seven editing days left of January. I started yesterday, which gave me eight days total to edit something else.

So yesterday I started editing Take Over. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with that novel just yet. It’s a standalone novel, so I hope to have it audience worthy by next Fall. I just don’t know if I’m going to query it to agents or maybe put it on Wattpad. Or maybe self-publish it. Who knows?

I guess we’ll have to see how it turns out.

How is your novel coming along?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

23 thoughts on “First Draft Complete

  1. I am doing a quick and FINAL scan through my first MS as I’ve been editing it for the last 6 weeks. I really am unsure if I want to self-publish as I’m so new to the online community…I’ve been working to build an audience, but it’s of course a slow process. submitting it to a christian publishing company was my initial idea, but there are so many mixed pinons out there publish v. self-publish…

    1. That’s my problem, too. I’m not sure which route to take. If you go with a traditional publishing house then they know what they’re doing. Whereas if you self-publish you have to do absolutely everything whether you know what you’re doing or not.
      All I can say is, research, research, research! Find agents appropriate for your MS, publishers, and look at various self-publishers. Make a pros and cons list of each. It takes time and will be a lot of work, but will definitely be worth it in the end.
      Good luck! πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on finishing up the edit on your draft. My first MS went through several drafts. Good job setting goals. I should’ve started doing that a lot sooner than I did. In the fall, I became overwhelmed. You’re on the right track πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚
      I have to say, I’m doing very well with my goals. I set them all last year but didn’t always follow through with them. πŸ˜‰

  3. 9 days????????? 9 DAYS>?????? even if I had 9 days I couldnt edit my whole manuscript. I am now convinced you aren’t human! its an impossibility! you must be some kind of superhuman robot! Its going to take me 6 months to edit my manuscript. IF I had a whole month or two free then maybe I could do it but 9 days I can’t even contemplate.

    1. Most of it was fixing typos and such like that. I made a lot of notes that I need to fix and I also have a ton of research to do. It was mainly, “What do I need to do now?” The second draft is going to take much, much longer.

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