Monday night March 11, 2013 at 11:19 p.m. I finished the sixth draft of Blood & Soul two days passed my revised goal. Using Goudy Old Style font 12 double spaced, it’s 530 pages and 143,000 words.
This is a huge step for me as a writer. This is the most complete manuscript I’ve ever had. The drafts before this were like the Florida Keys, detached swaths of story islands, ideas, hybrid synopsis, and character notes. There’s still a tiny fraction of that in this manuscript but if you read it, you would definitely see a story, plot, and character arc. All the “islands” are connected now. Being exhausted near the end of the manuscript, writing quality suffers a bit at the end, but I got all the foundational stuff in or at least represented.
Next I’ll put it in a spiral binding and read it and make notes about the story structure. Then I’ll read it for sentences and wording, as in, can I make the dialogue snappier, the setting more alive, descriptions better. Also, decide if I want to write the narrative with or without contractions i.e. “do not” as opposed to “don’t.”
Late summer of ’12 was the original finish line for this draft, but, alas, some things happened that I had no control over that had a major impact on my time and peace of mind. Having learned not to predict when I’ll be done, I type this will fear and trembling that I hope to publish on Kindle, Nook, and other outlets before the end of the year. That publication of Blood & Soul will kick-off the Creed of King’s Saga.
P.S. I have my eye on NaNoWriMo this year.
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