I mentioned several times that I was participating in a writing challenge during November (and partially in October). Actually, I think I mentioned it on nearly every blog post written during that time. And I mentioned last time that I had finished the rough draft of my book, a fact that I still can’t quite believe.

My manuscript currently has 78,983 words in it, broken into 26 chapters. I sat down last night and figured out where the chapter breaks would be, since I had only organized it by scenes and point-of-view characters. I will be spending the next week fixing up any typographical errors and seeing how the scenes flow the way I have them lined up. Then I will send it out to the members of my writing group so they can tear it apart and help me put it back together again.

This book is the first book in a planned trilogy. I say that because a trilogy sounds like a good idea, not because I have big ideas for two more books. Oh, I have ideas, don’t get me wrong. But the next books are still mostly a mystery. Surprisingly, this doesn’t worry me. After all, most of this book was a mystery to me until I started breaking things down and writing it.

These books are Young Adult Fantasy, which is a booming genre right now. It’s a lot to live up to. What will make people pick my book up when there are so many out there? It’s a funny thing to think about, especially when I haven’t even finished the darn thing, much less convinced someone to publish it.

I’m looking forward to the revision process. It’s the first time I’ve ever done it, since this is the first time I’ve had a writing project that actually came to fruition. So I have left the Truby exercises behind and moved on to Maass. Which means more writing exercises, of course, these designed to take my writing to the next level. I can’t wait to see what happens, what changes will be made. And of course, I will keep everyone posted on my progress on the blog.

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5 replies

  1. What exciting news for me to see when I got home. Congratulations. I’m looking forward to my autographed copy.

  2. Your writers group is behind you one-hundred percent. I miss reading your submissions and can’t wait to finish reading the manuscript, no pressure. Challenges ahead for all of us.

    Concerning your Night Circus Christmas list request, let me know if you don’t get it from Santa. I have it.

    • Oh, you will definitely get to read it. I need as much input as I can get. Revising is going to be a bear – there’s stuff at the beginning that I don’t even remember writing! *sigh*

  3. I’ll be waiting to see it on the shelf and be able to say I took creative writing class with her!

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