Look! My book has structure!
For those curious, I’ve begun work on the second chapter in Book 4. Won’t be long before the writing part of this novel is done-done-done. <pause for small happy-dance> That’s why I got the itch to parse out a full Table of Contents.
This one has been a long time in the making, longer than most of my novels, but every chapter so far has passed Beloved Alpha Reader’s stringent QA standards. I have high hopes that Heartwood will go from final draft to print quickly.
But wait, the strawman asks! How can it be a final draft if I’m not done writing it in the first place? Excellent question. The short answer is: I am a rebel-heretic-apostate when it comes to discovery writing. I don’t do “write now, edit later.” I write. I fuss. I finish, and that’s it. (Gasps of horror all around, right?)
Long answer: I don’t write out a draft to tell myself the story and then polish up the result over and over (and over) the way all my creative writing classes and most critique groups insisted successful writers “should” write. I set up a bare frame–starting point, resolution, and cast–and start weaving. As I build the tapestry, I also add in, pull out and reweave and embroider elements as I go. By the time I reach The End, my finished manuscript can’t accurately be called a first draft. Technically it’s somewhere between the fiftieth and umpty-hundredth draft. Yes, even the last scene.
There will also be several edits between draft completion and publication, involving more additions/excisions/revisions for clarity & development. But with rare exceptions my tales remain fundamentally the same.
So a geological scale, transition from draft to proof to publication is practically instantaneous. On a human scale, it’ll be months yet, but still–that’s not long in the book world. Not long at all.
Arrgh. Cover art. Right. Being this close means I need cover art soon! I’d better get on that.
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