Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In the Home Stretch

With the thundering of hooves, the Four Readers of the Apocalypse have ridden through, leaving notes, comments, and tons of edits in their wake.  They've provided volumes of excellent feedback: everything from a comma in the wrong place to a ship in the wrong place.

It's also interesting to learn about my habits:  things I do while I'm writing that I don't even know I'm doing.  When I'm writing the first draft, I'm going just as fast as the ink will fly out of the pen, over the course of several weeks.  I might get the idea in my head that "this character needs to mention this thing", and I make a point of writing it in, only to learn that I already mentioned it ten chapters ago, which I wrote last week.  Spellcheck doesn't catch that sort of thing, only a sharp-eyed Reader of the Apocalypse will see it.

Having spent the last week editing and rewriting, I now have an Almost-Final draft.  I'm going to let it sit for a few days before giving it a final read.  A few last bits of polish, and it will be ready to go.

I've changed the title slightly: the sequel to Burnt Worlds will be known as Chosen.  In a few days I should have the final cover ready, and I'll put it here for a sneak peek.