Clocking in at 334 pages, I have completed the first draft of the novel I’ve been working on for the last year-ish. I’ve sent a copy to one of my trusted readers for first impressions, and I for my part have begun pen-and-paper edits.
I have completed a 300+ page draft that I’m about 1/3 of the way through first edits on as I write this. Another few weeks and I’ll be looking for first readers and conducting my pen-in-hand second round of edits. If all that goes well, it’s back for a third round of revision and then off to find someone to publish it.
It needs to be either shorter or longer” is one of my most oft-repeated criticisms when I participate in workshops or grade a student’s creative work. It’s also a criticism I have all but tattooed to the inside of my eyelids – it’s that important.
like marbles through a pachinko machine. It bounces off of tangential elements, flows with only the loosest suggestion of a pattern, and is almost never the most direct way to move a story forward