Friday, July 10, 2009
Welcome to the first July Revision Report - glad you could stop by! Pull up a chair, have some lemonade, and tell us how your week went. Really!
After a crazy summer cold (swine flu??) raged through my family, I wrapped up in a blanket and got to work, putting my YA novel (code name: CREED) through a third draft to clear out extra words and phrases, sentence-by-sentence. Here are the shocking stats:
First Draft: 85,665 words
Second Draft: 69,742 words
Third Draft: 66,215 words
Total chapters: 44
First Draft: 1 month plus four months (with about a year in-between)
Second Draft: 1 month
Third Draft: 1 week
Compare this to the first novel, which took about three years (granted, a baby showed up in there), three months to do a revision for my agent, and about one month to revise for my editor.
I hope the math holds true and the third book takes me...what, a couple of months? A week to revise? Well, a girl can wish!
Do Not Miss: Realm Lovejoy's comic about what it's been like to do the Smackdown.