three research trips,
twenty two sources,
hundreds of websites,
and the first draft of my new novel is complete.
(I know, priceless.)
It’s amusing, though–that word “complete.” It’s amusing to type “The End.” Writers know it’s only the beginning. I’m no mathematician, but I do know if the writing process can be measured in percentages, I’m only about 20% of the way there–maybe.
So now what?
1. Give myself until tomorrow morning to bask in “The End,” then start an immediate read-through, noting all the places that need expansion/contraction.
2. Put it on the shelf for about a month to let it simmer, and so I may emotionally disconnect from what I’ve written.
3. Roll up my sleeves and begin the revision process.
4. Months (??) after that, print copies for my first round of readers.
5. Secure permissions for historical references, quotes, and photos I want to use in the book.
6. Compile complete list of references for bibliography.
7. Revise based on the feedback of my readers.
8. Hire a professional editor (hopefully, one at a publisher I have for my first novel. :))
9. Revise, again.
10. Print out copies for some of my “test” book clubs. (Get their feedback.)
11. Revise, again.
12. “The End”
**Please note: Emotional breakdowns, questioning of career choices and abilities, and wine (and juicebox) parties for the people who live with me and hear about the book all the time are not noted but are integral to the process.**