Second Draft of Romance Drama Completed!!!

Yea, I finished my second draft on December 10th!  I kept it at 12-point, Arial font with 179 pages and 44,808 word count.  It’s lower than my first draft, but at least I’m satisfied with the words on the page.  That’s always a triumph!!

I gave two supporting characters name changes, added a few scenes, and expanded on others.  I still have a lot to do to get my word count up unless I query as a category romance (would need at least an additional 11,000 words).  80,000 word count for a novel is looking like a dream instead of a reality hee hee.

To show that I enjoy my plot and characters, I’ve come up with two potential titles.  I like to name my stories after songs; first option, Though I’m Missing You sung by Brandy and second option, When You’re Gone sung by Avril Lavigne.

I like where I’m at now.  The setting is in Providence, Rhode Island.  Poe hasn’t spoken to her ex in a year, but he calls because her best friend, who is his cousin, dies, so she flies out there to attend the funeral.  The story is told through Poe and Oliver’s point of view dealing with the tragedy as well as trying to get closure from one another.

Death hits home for me since I lost both my grandmothers in 2008.  This story is a dedication to them showing how I dealt with my stages of grief.  Instead of the main character dealing with a loss of a family member, I thought it’d be more interesting to have it be her best friend.

Even though it deals with a funeral at the end of the book, I wouldn’t say readers would need Kleenex throughout the whole thing; it’s not overly sappy.  Then again, one day I let my co-worker read my 300-page Graphic novel, and she was sniffling at her desk.  When she finished, I asked her what part almost made her cry.  The part she told me about was sad, but it didn’t make me cry–maybe I’m just cold-hearted (just kidding).

That’s all I can say without giving everything away, so I’ll end with I’m proud of this rough draft.  People can read it without me flinching.

Now, off to join Ladies Who Critique or Absolute Write Share Your Work.  This process of revising my rough draft will vary depending on if my critique partner likes my writing style or has a lot to complain about.  I respect honesty, and I can take any criticism.

After that, my third draft will be completed, which I’ll take my critic’s opinions under consideration, as well as apply the rules from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.  Then, that draft will be sent off to Beta-Readers.  Wish me luck!!!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Romance Drama First Draft Completed!!!

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.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby