I officially started Draft #2 of Seer today!! Whooooooooo!
I finished working through the scene outline on Saturday, and have dubbed it The Revision List of Hi-Lighted Awesome to make it sound like loads of fun. (But it is hi-lighted. And hopefully awesome.)
I only made it through three scenes.
You see I was suddenly inspired to write a query letter, so I worked on that most of the afternoon in lieu of revisions. Queries, in case you were wondering, are still really, REALLY hard. Boiling down plot + character + voice into one or two paragraphs is no easy task! I think this one actually turned out pretty good, though. Too bad I can’t exactly use it yet!!
So anyway. Revisions. The Revision List of Hi-Lighted Awesome (tRLoHLA) is nearly six pages total, and gives me a lovely breakdown of all the scenes that will be included in Draft #2, some new, some moved, some facing complete and total rewrites, and a few (a very few) that will get mostly left alone. Draft #1 had twenty-six chapters and Draft #2 will have twenty-nine, so even though I’m deleting a number of scenes (and the entirety of chapter three), I’m guesstimating I’ll gain 5-10k by the end of it. My novels always get longer when I revise them. I’m really glad this one began life at only 70k. Gives me lots of wiggle room. 🙂
I’m hope hope hoping to have Draft #2 completed sometime in June so’s I can hand it off to a few trusted souls who’ll tell me if it’s any good or not (hopefully gently, if it’s the latter :-)).
This revision train is off and running!
… as long as I don’t get too distracted tweaking that query letter.