Are you finding time to be creative while dealing with stress caused by a global pandemic and increasingly depressing news reports? I’m doing my best.
I’m now on the 11th (!) draft of my urban fantasy novel-in-progress, tentatively titled The Unmoving Stars. I spent the summer doing a major overhaul after feedback I received in a virtual novel retreat hosted by the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
- The number of point-of-view characters dropped from four to two.
- I made significant alterations to the plot lines and character motivations of those two POV characters.
- I clarified which was truly the protagonist.
- I also made significant cuts, particularly early in the book, dropping the word count from 90,000 to 65,000.
That was the 9th draft. My 10th draft revision focused on smoothing out character and plot reveals due to the massive restructuring. Now I’m doing further revisions focused on prose, namely the use of senses and language tightening.
I hope to share the manuscript with some beta readers by the end of the year, with a simple request that they read as much of the novel as they have time for and give me feedback as a reader. No heavy lifting, no line edits or detailed rewrite notes. Let me know if you’d be interested in being a beta reader; I’d be forever grateful.
I hope you’re staying physically safe, monitoring your mental health, and finding ways to embrace your creative muse. Until next time!