I’m excited to announce that I’ve finished my first pass through my novel. It was rather satisfying to see the words The End at the bottom of my document. While several chapters are still out to my critique partner – including at least one that needs a rewrite – I’m still excited that this hurdle has been overcome.
When I first decided to publish this novel, I knew I was coming into it blindly, but didn’t realize all the ups and downs that I’d be encountering. The first one was realizing that some chapters didn’t fit or weren’t good enough to be read by anyone other than my wonderful critique partner. When it came to the first chapter that needed a complete overhaul, I didn’t think I could do it and I stared anxiously at my screen, feeling rather helpless. Once I got over my fear, I turned on some music, and just started writing. Whole paragraphs were changed, moved, or replaced, and the end result? A better chapter. One I didn’t know existed. And one I didn’t think I had the ability to create.
When two more chapters were combined into one I wasn’t as scared this time. I had the evidence to prove that it could be done. Then a missing scene had to be added into the middle of another chapter. The end result was something that created depth to the story and interlinked some major and minor plots into place.
So what’s next? Another round of reviewing and editing. I’ve highlighted several sections that I want to spend more time looking over. I’ve also found that I use certain words and descriptions a lot and I want to clean them up as well. In late March I’ll work with a designer to come up with a cover for this baby and I think that process will make all of this seem more real to me.
I don’t have a timeframe yet for when the book will be published. I don’t want to set a deadline that is unrealistic when I’ve never been through this process before. I’m luckier than most first time authors. My awesome critique partner, Julia J Simpson went through this for the first time last year with her novel Ashes Swept and she’s been a godsend in helping me with everything. I really couldn’t do it without her.
Thanks for reading!💖