Since August 25th of this year, I’ve worked on a romance drama. I completed my first draft on November 18th, which is pretty good timing for a procrastinator. I can’t really get into the details because anything from the character’s name to some plot points could very well change by the final draft. I love my ending, but I’m iffy on the beginning.
Have you ever been so proud of something yet find it so blah at the same time? That’s how I always feel about my first drafts. I’m satisfied with getting my thoughts on paper, but I pray no one sees it in its rough stage. I’m very protective of it. Don’t even try looking over my shoulder to sneak a peek. And, don’t judge me on it. LOL.
My romance drama is 185 typed pages double-spaced with Arial font. It is 49,112 words (word count is VERY IMPORTANT if you are interested in getting your book published). Agents and publishers look to see if your manuscript (what your draft is called at its final stage) has a word count that is too high or too low. It depends on the genre you write for.
I have a long way to go. First, my word count is too low. I have to work on getting that higher, so it can be considered a novel. It’ll help when I show rather than tell. Second, I have to flesh out my characters more. They have to be relatable and interesting enough for readers to care about them. Third, I have to get rid of all the passive wording and repeated phrases and words. During the editing stages, a thesaurus is my friend.
Being very motivated to edit, I started the process this morning. When revisions are complete, I can rewrite for my second draft.
Around the second or third draft, I won’t be afraid to let others read it. I’m very open to constructive criticism. There’s no point to attempt to get published, if you don’t have a readable story.
My hobby of writing stories has been a passion of mine since the age of eleven. Recently, I’ve had a desire to try to get published, so I have to take the extra steps in getting my story in tip-top shape, instead of for my eyes only.
After my second draft, I’ll apply the editing tips in my Self-Editing for Fiction Writers book, which is a very helpful resource.
For my third draft, I will take two chapters and share them on the Absolute Write Forum. After taking their comments into consideration, my fourth draft will be complete. This draft will be read by one or two beta-readers, who are volunteers that take time out of their busy lives to make suggestions on your entire novel. They should not see a draft unless you feel it is at its best. That you’re confident to query agents with it. After following the beta-readers suggestions, my manuscript will be formed.
I don’t want to rush my goals, but I don’t want to slack off either. This blog is for writing tips, sharing my personal journey as a writer, and gossiping about people and situations that could become potential story ideas. So, if you notice I haven’t written a blog post regarding my writing experience in a long time, then call me out on it.