Diary of a Draft: Days 5-7

The last three days have been a blur. I took a day off of ALIVE to turn in option book ideas to my agent. Because of a number of things (side note: I’m DYING to tell you the THINGS, soon soon so soon), I’m on an extremely tight schedule this year in terms of writing. That means, as soon as I turn in my draft of this book to Disney-Hyperion, I get to work on my option book proposal while I wait for my edit letter. The timing of each project fits into the other like a jigsaw puzzle. There’s essentially not a moment to spare.

But the good news is that my agent loved one of my ideas. And I love it, too, and so next week I get to start writing something new! This is the first time I’ve worked on something new-new in over a year. Cue the trumpets!

For now, though, my nose is firmly attached to the grindstone. This morning, true to my goals, I finished the final chapter of ALIVE. In fact, I already have feedback on it (joy.).

Typing ‘The End’ on a project is an amazing feeling. One I haven’t gotten to do as often as I’d like.

This draft of ALIVE clocks in at 81,718 words. 289 pages in my Word file. The proposal my book sold on was about 53,000 words, so you see that I’ve written a significant chunk in the last couple months.

I wish I could celebrate, but not yet. There’s a ton of work to do this weekend. I have a two-page list of notes to myself that I want to address. Areas that need strengthening. Portions that need polishing.

And then Monday, it’s out of my hands…at least for a bit. These things are like boomerangs, you know.

So seeing as how, between work and writing I can currently barely see, I’ll be taking a much needed break for dinner and a movie.


Mood: Tired


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