Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Off it goes. Next!

Ashfall has been handed off to betas for some thrashing. I have about a month where I need to force myself to think of something besides that manuscript, so when it comes back my way covered in ink, I can look at it fresh and hack it to pieces!

I spent yesterday feeling a little downtrodden, which had a lot to do with nerves, I think. The first reader jitters will always surface. I imagine even the most successful authors still experience a little apprehension the first time someone reads the story they've worked hard to create.

I've learned that it's good to take a break from time to time, to give yourself time to breath and clear the deck after you've been buried in a certain world and certain characters. But breaks are, by nature, supposed to be short, especially when it comes to something you want to make a career out of.

Last night when I was supposed to be sleeping, I started brainstorming for my next manuscript - code name "The Finding." I think I'll do some outlining and character work today.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ashfall Revision 1

So far, so good. I finished my paper edit today - yay! - and I'm pretty happy with what I have. All I have to do is finish putting the changes from paper into the word doc (ughhh I hate that part) and then I'm ready to shoot the draft off to my awesome betas.

Started at 451 total pages, 123,509 words
451/451 printed pages edited - woo!
123/451 pages of changes put in word doc
Current word count: 119,621

Fun line that makes no sense without context: "How long would it take for the war on the clouds to poison the water?"