Yep. That pretty much sums up my revision experience right now. I finished the first round.... gosh, I don't even remember how long ago. Since then I've printed the first 200 pgs and am doing redpen edits. I do love editing on paper. I seem to catch a lot more. However, it's very time consuming. I have to read/edit on paper, then I have to enter the changes into the computer/highlight problem sentences I couldn't fix or have a question about to work on later. I'm getting a lot done, but it's slow. You have to have patience for this round.
My head hurts. I want to take a nap. Have I mentioned I've only been awake for an hour?
Okay, so for the last 8 days I have lived and breathed revisions. It's all I seem to do now! Anyway, I shall endeavour to break it down for you:
After finishing the first draft July 31st, I managed to last three whole days before I dove into revisions. It doesn't seem like a lot of time to most people, but OMG I almost didn't make it. If it wasn't for my YA, I would've started August 1st, LOL. I'm glad I didn't though. Revisions are a major headache. I always feel exhausted after a round, even if the chapter is clean. It's hard work. You can't simply read your material-- you have to critique it as you go. Talk about tiring.
Since August 4th, I've revised 22 chapters out of 31, or 300 pages out of 372, OR 84,028 words out of 103,853. I'm quite impressed with those numbers, if I do say so myself. I tend to write very full drafts, so most of this has been tidying up sentences and getting rid of overused words.
Now that I'm on the home stretch, I'm thinking this is only going to take a few more days. My last chapters were uber clean, so I'm not expecting to have to do a whole heck of a lot. Most of my changes, plot-wise, were in the first few chapters. Thankfully, they weren't all that hard to change, so yay!
Once I'm done tearing my manuscript apart, I'm going to send it to my betas. While they are reading, I'm going to work on the synopsis and the query (ugh, make the headache stop). I also think I'm going to print out the whole manuscript and read it that way.
Basically, my dream goal would to send the first query out BEFORE school starts on September 9th. Is it possible? Yes. Is it going to happen? Who knows. Either way, I'm nearly done my second draft!!
Lord do I ever need a drink.
*For those who have asked, the largest my manuscript got was 106,270 words. I know, that's a lot. The lowest it's been since I started revisions was 101,000 but I needed to add stuff for the plot, so it went back up, lol. Honestly, for medieval romance I'm not worried about a higher word count. That's very, very common.*
*Warning: This post will contain lots of exclamation marks and random squeeing*
I'M DONE MY NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, that's right people. I'm done my medieval romance. I finished July 31st, at 11:38 pm.
That, my friends, is exactly 22 minutes before my August 1st deadline.
I DID IT! I REALLY DID IT!!!!!
Progression of my novel:
November 2009— The story idea came to me
February 19th—Began plotting the story
February 21st—Wrote the very first words
February to April: I dealt with midterms, term papers, and finals all while trying to write.
When summer started on April 27th, I had written 18,831 words.
I finished the story July 31st at 105,864 words.
That is 87,033 words in 3 months—a month of which I was on vacation. *SQUEES*
Now starts the uber fun part: revisions! I'm actually so excited about it. For the last 20,000 words I've been keeping a list beside me of things I need to double check, change, or delete (I know of at least 3000 words right off the bat I can get rid of). I'm going to step back for a few days and let my alpha read it as is right now. After that, I'm diving in. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm going to have such a hard time when it comes to revisions, but we'll see. Once my alpha is through and I've revised, I'm sending it to my darlings: Tina and Mel. While they're tearing it to shreds, I'm going to write my synopsis and query letter.