The sad part is always realizing how much work remains. The more effort you put in, the more there is to do. A quick list of steps in the process of this novel. This is just what I can see now. Originally, I thought Writing > Editing > Publishing. And all of it should only take 3 months total. Now, I realize that to make a quality story, the workload is a constantly growing mechanism.
The writing process led me to realize that drafting has to be done before you can advance in a story. No matter how far away you get from that original outline, it’s still there and it’s still a guide for you to reference. The original outline (roughly three pages of story and two pages of character sheet) contained 27 chapters and roughly 270 pages , which would have broken down to around 81,000 words with my goal of 3k per chapter. Now, at only 20 chapters (plus the epilogue) it is pre-edit 81,267. With my odd brand of editing goals, It should be 85-90k words when publish rolls around.
So, the other thing I missed coming from a strictly academic writing base, which is so easy for me that it actually brings boredom tears out… multiple edits needed. There is the first edit, the “rewrite” that incorporates the edits the author (or publisher) agrees with, then there is another cycle of this. At the end, you have a product that should be read over once or twice more for grammatical and syntax errors – the studious side of creative writing.
After that, the process moves into publishing which involves a whole other series of steps and I honestly don’t know all of the details (although I certainly thought I did when I stepped into this lucrative venture). After that’s all said and done though, the book should be pristine and ready for an audience. Get pumped y’all! We’re in the final countdown!
I’m thinking of doing a blog that is more of an article or lesson. Which of the following would you be most interested in reading blather about?
The Comma Machine Gun
I don’t care if Shakespeare was a fraud
Extrapolating literary technique from across multiple media
The bearded woman at walmart