End of Part Five (and Draft 4)

Y’all–the writing/revising of draft 4 is finished.

To keep it uniform with the other posts related to this draft, here are the numbers:

Words: 100, 173
Pages: 358
Chapters: 55

First line of Part 5:
Once at home, Miles called the girls to him.
Last line (of the entire novel):
For this moment, Miles took a lungful of clean country air, nary a flame in sight, feeling peaceful.
If you’re curious (’cause I was), the draft previous, number three, was 116,653 words. So I managed to lose 16,000 words from one draft to the next, which, for me, never happens. If I can trim this down to about 98K, I’ll be happy. 

So, my list of post-draft Things To Do:
1. Sleep. It’s legit 3:30 am here.
2. Commence editing: run Spellcheck, check grammar, cut extraneous lines, that sort of thing. 
3. Debate on whether to cut out this one character, which could shorten the word count, which is good. Possibly try to tighten up a few things that are bothering me.
4. Polish up that query! 
5. Get my lit agent list together. I have a few I need to investigate further. Now, to explain: I’m not entirely confident that this book is necessarily all ready-as-get-out to be published. But it’s certainly close and I’m actually kind of eager to receive my first form rejection. 
6. Dive into reading for and plotting my next story. 🙂

10 thoughts on “End of Part Five (and Draft 4)

  1. Alright! So close to the querying trenches! You know, I wasn't sure about the first story I queried, either. But I loved it (still do). That was reason enough to try. You never know!I'm so excited for you! Of course I cried over my first rejection. Lol!Congrats on being in the final throes!


  2. Getting beta eyes on it was very helpful. I replaced a lot of stuff with actual plot lol. I was worried that it would blow up past 116k, but with the stuff I cut…100K is a little more manageable.


  3. I want to try to cut a further 2K or so in editing. Having you guys read chapter one showed me places where I can trim a bit. A lower word count–even in historical, which tends to run longer than other genres–will be better.


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