Sunday, May 19, 2013

Two Rewrites Down and More to Go

I've completed two rewrites on my manuscript. I wish it was ready for publication. Sadly, for me, it needs more work before becoming a book for young adults. 

I was able to tie some loose ends together but I found a few more holes along the way. I may also delete a scene that I'm not sure needs to be in the story. It'll probably be cut or rewritten.

And I'm not pleased with the ending. That's going to involve some major revisions on the third rewrite. 

Along the way I take notes on changes that need to be made. It makes it a lot easier when going back over the manuscript. I also need to add more description to characters and scenes.

So, as you can see, there's a lot of work to be done. 

I'll probably print the manuscript after the third rewrite. I find it useful to see the words on paper. I'll also take out my red pencil to mark it up -- a reminder of my early days as a journalist working on the copy desk.

I want to keep the manuscript in the 50k range, and now it's inching toward 52k.

I'll keep you posted after the third rewrite.

Until the next time...


  1. wow! it might be hard work Michael but I´m sure you are really good at it! I know those revisions are often a tired work to do, but don´t forget to enjoy it! xoxo elizabeth

  2. I try to enjoy it, Elizabeth. It's just part of the process, beginning with an idea (seed) and watching it grow into a book (tree). I hope you're doing well and that you're still writing the children's stories. :)

  3. Is the wording count something that you need to adhere to for a reason? xxoo