WIPpet Wednesday’s going to be brief this week. I’m going to share the last thing I wrote, which was the third book of the Bound trilogy. (WIPpet math: November = 11 = 1+1 = 2)
So… *twiddles thumbs*
I mean, this doesn’t mean I’m DONE. I have pages of notes on things I have to go back and change (in book three AND book two) because of the way the story evolved. I need to add a boatload of description, because my first drafts tend to be light on that. I need to trim conversations that took a while to get to the point, and shift some events around.
Actually, I hope I can cut quite a bit. This is the longest book in the trilogy by far. All good stuff, but we’re looking at over 125K words right now. Bound was 118.
But the story is there. More importantly, it’s a good story. It’s the conclusion of the tale I set out to tell four years ago, and it’s a satisfying one.
But this means I need new goals for my…
Finish drafting book 3 of Bound Trilogy
Post-beta edits on Torn
I have three weeks to get this done, give or take. There are notes from my wonderful early readers that I need to go over again and make changes based on, and then there are other things that need to change to better set up the events of book 3. This is kind of huge, but I know I can get it done. This isn’t the last round of edits. That will come after my actual editor gets his hands on it and
rips it to shreds comes back with his input on how to make it kick more ass. But this needs to get done.
Actually, that three weeks thing isn’t the whole truth. The fact is, I can have three weeks to do this, but I don’t want to use all of that time. Book 3 got me about 11,000 words into NaNoWriMo, which is super cool, but it’s not a win.
If I finish edits in time, I’m starting a new project to try to make it to 50,000.
It’s totally not going to happen, but I need SOMETHING to work on. And the something that my muse seems to have his happy-pants on over right now is the very messy gempunk thing I started and posted a while ago. This was a surprise to me, as I thought he was still vampire-happy, but we’ll see where it goes.
So there we go. If I finish these edits before the end of the month, my NaNoWriMo project will be that one with the working title Sparrowhawk & Son.
Not related to Bound in any way. New world. New characters.
How terrifying. 🙂
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November 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am
Congrats. How does it feel finishing a trilogy/series?
November 5th, 2014 at 9:23 am
Is seems strange that you’re asking me that, since you’ve written so many more books than I have. 🙂
I was a bit giddy yesterday. The fact that I have to get right back to editing book 2 kept me tethered to the ground, but it was a good feeling. And I know it sounds morbid, but it’s good to know the story is done… in case I get hit by a speeding moose or something.
November 5th, 2014 at 9:50 am
Yes, but they’re all part of the same series. I haven’t reached the end yet, so that’s still something I have yet to experience. I still have 7 books to go . . . 8 if you count a potential ‘clean up’ book.
Might sound morbid, but it makes sense. Most authors don’t have a protege in the wings to finish the job if something happens. That’s why I keep putting time into outlining and making notes on all the future ideas. That way something might come from them if I’m not around. My small (that should be in bold, but somebody got mac & cheese stuck in the caps lock button) obsession with legacy might feed into that.
November 5th, 2014 at 11:26 am
Congrats on finishing your trilogy! That’s so exciting and must feel really satisfying. Good luck with your edits!
November 5th, 2014 at 1:59 pm
Already congratulated you over on the Facebook group, but it deserves to be said again: CONGRATS!
I’m combining projects for Nano too, and just shooting for wordage. Hope you finish the edits fast so you can get back to the words!
November 5th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Thanks! I think I only have about 10 scenes that need changes/partial rewrites, and then I need to do a read-through and a search-and-destroy on over-used words. I can do that in a week, sure… O.o
November 5th, 2014 at 4:41 pm
I can sympathise with you Kate when it comes to editing. I’ve just started to edit ‘Teaching Mr Leavis’ and I’m pulling it apart really – it needs major work before even an alpha reader sees it! Certainly before any beta readers see it anyway!!
Best of luck with it all. Enjoy it – I’m enjoying my editing dare I say it. 😀
November 5th, 2014 at 10:13 pm
I find that editing is a bit of a roller coaster. Things like fitting in backstory nearly kill me, but seeing it all come together is so satisfying.
November 5th, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Eee! Congrats on the finishing. Having never written a series, I can’t imagine what it’s like to actually get to the end like that. I’m looking forward to reading more of the gempunk story. I might have to go back and find the original bit you posted to refresh my memory.
I have a vague idea of something else that I may work on during NaNo, depending on how far this Beauty and the Beast story gets me. I’m worried the story is moving along a bit fast and I’m going to run out of it before I hit 50k.
November 5th, 2014 at 10:12 pm
That one was probably the roughest thing I’ve ever posted here. Might be better to wait. 🙂
Glad to hear your story is moving along, even if it is going too quickly!
November 5th, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Wow, I really like how you ended it there. It kind of jumped out of nowhere and really grabbed me. Very original!!
^^^ which is snark for CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
November 5th, 2014 at 10:11 pm
I think it works. I might revise, though. 🙂
November 6th, 2014 at 5:16 am
Oh my goodness the idea of finishing a trilogy fills me with terror!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 😀 😀
November 6th, 2014 at 11:27 am
Congratulations! The editing process is like joint replacement surgery. So painful at the time, but when it’s done, it feels so much better. Much as I’d have loved a real excerpt, there really is nothing sweeter than “The End.”
November 6th, 2014 at 11:38 am
yay for writing the end!!
November 6th, 2014 at 7:34 pm
My first drafts are always light on the descriptions too…and the run on conversations – I like to let the characters play! But sometimes ‘polishing’ can be rather fun 🙂 congrats on finishing – it’s always a great feeling.
November 8th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
Super yay!!!! Congrats on “The End” reaching! Woot! I wish you the best with the edits. 😀
November 10th, 2014 at 10:50 am
Congrats! I tend to go light on description too. It’s just hard putting into words for other people what I already see so vividly 😛
November 11th, 2014 at 4:20 pm
Kate! Congratulations! That’s so awesome! And yes, I know, you have notes to go through. But you just finished a trilogy! That’s wonderful!