All We Ever Wanted Was Everything final draft turned in
So this is weird, because it’s a milestone – 78504 words turned in to my editor – but I feel like I can’t start celebrating, because there’s still a lot of work that has to happen before it’s published.
What’s weirdest of all is knowing that for at least several days, I can’t do any work on the manuscript, because it’s officially turned in and I just have to wait for notes and feedback.
Part of me wants to start working on something new, but I know that’s not a good idea. My brain needs to stay loose and limber to get back off the bench and into the next stage of edits and rewrites, and I know that starting a new project before this one is truly finished will only screw me up for both projects.
To everyone who has been with me on this part of my journey: thank you. I hope you’ve enjoyed and maybe even been inspired by these updates and experiences I’ve been sharing.
0 words (77197 total) on the revision of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
I opened up a few story doors yesterday and day before yesterday, that I wasn’t expecting to find. So I spent today thinking about how I’m going to proceed with them. Will I just close them? Remodel to get rid of them entirely? Walk through one and somehow use another one to come back in?
I’m sharing that I did zero words today, because I think a lot of us don’t allow ourselves to acknowledge that we did work, unless we’re adding to the draft or making edits.
I worked on my novel today. I got zero words, but I still worked on it.
“I am enough. I have to be enough. I can’t afford to feel worthless anymore. It’s causing too much pain. It takes too much time. In the time it takes for thoughts to strike, i will rebuild myself from scratch, this time with a stronger foundation.”
5986 words cut (75782 remain) on the revision of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
My editor made some deep cuts, and I was concerned at first that it would make my manuscript unrecognizable, but it just made it better and tighter, and it got me out of the story’s way.
I liked it being 81000 words, because it feels more substantial than 76000 words, but the point isn’t to have a bunch of words. The point is to tell a good story that doesn’t get in its own way, and we’re much closer to that than we were when I turned in the draft a few weeks ago.
So now I have to rewrite the ending (I’ve know this since I before I turned it in, but I’m almost as good at endings as I am at titles, so I’ve been putting it off), and make some small tweaks based on his notes (in addition to the stuff I did today), but my eyes are bleeding and I have a raging headache from doing this for … holy shit 7 hours. I think it’s okay to take a little break and call it a day.