Almost there. 97,000 words and lowering

Posted by on Jun 4, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

So my unknown friends, we’ve made major progress. I’m down to 97,000 words and 100 pages left. If not by tonight, tomorrow I’ll be done giving my novel a drastic hair cut.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be removing the sample chapters from the site so tonight’s your last night to view them.

Come Monday I’m going to tell you all about the things I’ve learned just by doing this final revision, and even more about the process I used to edit my manuscript from day one. This, I hope, will help to show you my process, but not THE process. After all, every process is different for every writer, not to mention that this was the first thing I’d ever really written so my experience with drafting it has been painful, to say the least. I’m sure had I done some research into editing before I begun it would have turned out differently.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend, read those sample chapters and love them so you can beg for more, and don’t forget to get some of that much procrastinated writing done!!!


  1. Leave it at 97,000 thats within the standard of YA unless it has to be cut, leave all the scenes that will kieep your novel flowing. i cut my down to 98,000 mind you after the last professional edit, and the revisions I made it may go more down or up but once its in the range I'm cool.


    Keisha (from Toronto)

  2. Absolutely. I want to finish the MS now, only because I'm not cutting Chapters, but sentences and paragraphs that don't move the story forward. I'm rearranging a few sentences too to make sure I'm eliminating the passive voice and making sure I stay in past tensed, it was pointed out in a first page critique that I switched back and fourth a few times from present to past, so after reviewing my MS I found it happened only a few other times throughout (I think) so hopefully I've eliminated that. I'm hoping to be at about 85 – 90 thousand words when I'm done. That way I've cut another 16,000 words out minimum and I hope it will increase the amount of requests I get. I start querying next week!!!! More steadily at least.

    I'll be starting book two while I wait which is 1/2 way through the outline stage right now. I never outlined the first book and it made for more revisions than I ever wanted to do (And I may have more yet if i land an agent). The outline is definitely going to help. I've never written anything with an outline so this is a first, we'll see if it works for the better or worse over the next few months.

    How many queries have you submitted for your work so far?

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