So I’m super late on posting about this, but on Saturday I finished the first draft of my WIP, Clara and Daphne.
For those of you who may be catching up, or somehow didn’t hear about this book I’ve been talking about nonstop, Clara and Daphne is my next upcoming release. It’s scheduled to release sometime in 2020.
That being said, now that I have the first draft done I wanted to talk about what’s next. And let me tell ya, I’ve got my work cut out for me.
So my first draft finished roughly around 87k. This is a little lower than the 90k goal I set for myself, and ideally I’d like to add more to this book, as the whole series thus far has gone over 90k per book. I’ve already got some ideas of what I want to add in.
Basically my to-do list is looking something like this right now:
- Edit/read over 1st draft. Make an Excel sheet to get organized and have a better understanding of the overall plot, developments, key events, etc
- Start on 2nd draft. Aim to add more words, rewrite scenes that need more work, strengthen plot/characters/development. Sometimes my 2nd draft becomes the revise/rewriting draft (where a lot changes from 1st draft vs 2nd)
- Beta Readers/3rd draft. With Clara and Ezra I did three drafts with one being a major rewrite because the 1st draft had a lot of issues and was way too short. This book doesn’t have the shortness factor, so depending on how edits and 2nd draft goes we’ll see if I do a third draft then send to beta readers or vice versa.
Now keep in mind this list is just a rough idea of the work I have a head of me. I won’t know more until I work through editing this 1st draft and see how much needs fixing. Now that I have the skeleton of the story, which is the most crucial part of this process, I at least know the structure is there –I just need to fill in some things here and there.
As of right now this book is still on track to release in 2020, and I hope to keep it that way. I’ve admittedly taken a small break from writing since Saturday, but I plan on starting edits/read over this weekend.
Also, I plan on finally writing up a synopsis for this book. When I started this book I honestly only had a vague idea of where it was going. I had some ideas but wasn’t sure how they’d turn out. Now that I know the full story I’m going to write up a synopsis that I’ll share first on Patreon and then later this year or the start of next year everywhere else. So if you want to read it first before anyone else, be sure to stop by my Patreon page and sign up.
All in all, I’m very happy to be done with this 1st draft of the book. I know it seems like there’s a lot of work to be done before release, and there is, but I’m also confident I can manage it now that I’ve tackled what I think is one of the hardest parts of this whole process.
Thank you guys so much for your overwhelming and ongoing support for this book as I get it ready for release. I can’t wait to share more details with you soon!
That’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with more updates, I promise!