This week has been a busy week for The Beast of Rose Valley!
I received the results from my editorial assessment and it was full of juicy feedback that put me straight to work. A hearty thanks to Allyson Rudolph for giving me pro tips for turning my first draft into an amazing second draft!
In the process of working on the second draft, I’ve excised multiple chapters from a particular PoV character, as well as added whole new chapters to amp up the intrigue, horror, and mystery. The heart of the story is still the same, but the second draft is shaping up to be much more focused than the first.
Allyson also called me out on some silly mistakes that Mrs. Hart (my high school english teacher) would be livid with me over. I promise to never mix up further/farther and fewer/less ever again! Also, the frequency with which my hands inexplicably capitalize words for no reason is quite perplexing.
Having the time to really focus on my writing has been invaluable, as I’ve been able to spend 8+ hours per day working on all of the changes. It would have taken forever were I just doing it in my off-hours from a full-time job.
I can see the finish line (in terms of the actual writing), and that’s very exciting! Now it’s time for some field trips to bookstores and the internet to identify agents that I might want to work with, and then the agony of writing short – but precise – query letters and synopses.
I’ll keep y’all posted!