Awhile ago, I was reading a book on writing fantasy. I can’t remember the title off hand, I will try and find it online later. It was from Terry Pratchett , beyond that, I can’t remember. Anyway, one of the things I took away from the book is to write something called a Draft Zero. This is before the first draft, the ones you give to your alpha or beta readers. This is one only for yourself. Something that has most, not all, of the scenes and it feels right to you that the manuscript is complete. After that has been done, then you go back, work on it and then you have your first draft, the one you expose to others.
Why am I talking about this? Well, earlier today, I was able to finish the last bit of my draft zero for Cryo. It clocks in at about 18,500 words. About sixty six pages using Microsoft Word. Not to bad for something I started ten days ago. What will I do now? I’m going to print it out and edit by hand. It is the only way I know for a fact that I will catch more of mistakes than if I just keep it on the computer. (Plus, I want a hard copy in case this computer dies for some reason. Not saying it will, just want a bit of security.)
What will I be doing now? Glad you asked.
Wake up tomorrow and try to do some writing in the morning. This will be for my urban fantasy noir called Summerland.)
Print out the draft of Cryo, start to edit it during the day.
Later, write more of Summerland.
Lathe, rinse and repeat.
When I am done with a draft zero of Summerland, I should have enough of the draft edited–if not all of it–and will start to work on the re-write. I do have the June 1st deadline hanging over my head. (Well, a bit earlier since Amazon wants a ‘updated’ version of Cryo by the 22nd of May. Also, waiting for the both of April to start work on the Cryo cover. The one I have is a placeholder and is NOT the final version.
I will write again soon to keep you all up-to-date. And, I am announcing a little deal. Sign up for my newsletter and I will send you a sneak peak of Cryo when I have a better version ready…should be in about a week.
Also, I finally got the Contact Me form going on. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a comment.