Revising, Revising, Revising

I am amazed at the amount of errors I’m still finding in this “final” draft of AROUND THE WORLD TONIGHT. This just goes to show that nothing will probably ever be 100% perfect in my eyes. Most of what I’m finding aren’t the typos and odd formatting issues I was expecting, but little tweaks to words and removal of whole sentences. I find myself to be a stickler for deleting any duplicate word that appears in two back-to-back sentences. I still love editing though. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of the process. But there comes a point when I have to stop editing and start writing something new. I think I’ve decided to pick up THE JADE BRACELET, an unfinished project from several years ago as my next novel. I have about 100 pages written and will need to be rewritten before I can finish. However, my mind has been going in an entirely new direction lately. Something more along the lines of YA supernatural/fantasy. Then I also had the idea of a romantic suspense…. my mind is all over the place creatively. I suppose I just need to get writing, period.

Updated AROUND THE WORLD TONIGHT cover now on the books page! See… editing never ends!

First Draft Complete!

I finished editing the first draft of AROUND THE WORLD TONIGHT (ATWT) this week. It’s loooong (over 400 pages; 165,000+ words). I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to write a standard novel of 90-95,000 words. I think I may be long winded. I still have my NOOK edit. Hopefully I can trim out a lot of useless words at that time. I’m not sure if writing long novels is a bad thing or a good thing. When it comes to printing, which I have been considering, it may be a bad thing (manufacturing costs vs. profits, etc.). I need to do more research. At any rate, this is one of the “cleanest” first drafts that I’ve ever written. I’m not sure what the difference is in comparison to the KILLING MEMORIES books. Maybe a few things: 1) I’m older now, 2) I went to school to study fiction and maybe now know more about crafting, 3) I used an outline [although I did use an outline for everything after KM1], and 4) I think I edited the first half before writing the second half.

It felt really good to realize that this one may not be “too bad.” That maybe, in my writing career, I’ve hit a period where I can do 1-2 drafts and then call it a day. Instead of the 9 re-writes that I’ve done on my very first novel, which turned from an adult supernatural tale to a young adult supernatural tale. #feelinggood

ATWT_3So, here’s the preliminary cover for ATWT created using a ShutterStock image that I haven’t purchased yet and MS PowerPoint (eek!). Besides the rudimentary software, it doesn’t look too bad. Right? Next up I need to write the summary blurb, which is always pretty difficult. Now that the novel is with a few early readers, maybe I’ll focus on that next while the book is still fresh in my mind. It’s surprising how quickly I forget details of my novels once they’re done. I’ll probably need to re-read the entire KM series if I decide to write a sixth book. I need to re-read anyway because if I do go to print on demand (POD) I need to make sure that there are no lingering errors.

I’m thinking that my next project will be something in the young adult genre. Maybe I’ll return to my angel/demon trilogy (ie, my first novel ever). Maybe I’ll write something different. Or… maybe I’ll finish THE JADE BRACELET. Remember that one? Whatever I choose, I need to start writing again!