(or, not really a book review at all.)
So – this just happened. I just finished the first draft of the third full-length (some more full than others) novel I’ve written in two years.
It’s pretty awesome. In what ways is it awesome? I’m glad you asked.
- Having written three books without doing a complete edit of any of them is a bit crazifying, but I’ve really grown a lot as a writer having done it this way. FYI – I will never do it this way again.
- I have approximately the same number of chapters in each book, but in book the third, my total word count, including incidentals (like title page) is 111K. My total word count for book the first? 149K. My average chapter length is shorter and my writing is tighter (twhs) and more succinct.
- I finished book the first about a year ago. I wrote book the second last summer. I started this on on November 1. I could’ve finished this a month ago if I’d been a little less procrastinatey, but even with a kid, and exercise, and a husband, and a full-time job that means that I can be prolific.
- Did I mention that I may have found an effective treatment for logorrhea? (No, spell-check, I have not found a treatment for a similar sounding STI that starts with “g.”) Yeah – I’m feeling pretty damn good about that. Should make editing easier when I make my way to this one.
Soooo, what’s it all about, you might ask?
None of your damn business, nosy parker!
Ahem, I mean I’m still shy. It’s apocalyptic urban fantasy/romance that I hope is in the vein of some of my favorite UF authors.
Before I tell you more, though, it’s time to dig out MS #1 and cut out about 40-45 thousand words (ouch), tighten up the story a lot, and then pull on my big girl britches (which are, not incidentally, covered in dragons) and send that bitch out to my betas. Of which I have four. *finger wave*
I will need the following (not necessarily in this order):
- A healthy dose of self-esteem
Wish me luck, internets! For tomorrow, I edit!