To help you realize just how FAR AHEAD traditional publishing works, I'm just now revising the finished manuscript...of book #3 of the NEXT series.
Not the current series, The Brides of Hope Mountain.
The NEXT series, Brothers in Arms.
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The book I am currently revising is releasing (I'd estimate) in November 2021.
Anyway, that's not my point.
My point is, when I'm writing a book my goal for a 75,000 to 80,000 word book, which is what I'm contracted for, is for the ending to kick off, (and by KICK OFF I mean the usual mayhem, chasing, shooting, screaming, black moment, all is lost, victory, true love wins over all!!!!)
You know, THAT ending...starts around 60,000 words.
Yes, it takes me about 15,000 words to drag every reader through the mayhem...you're welcome!
So the trouble with that is, often, I get to the beginning of the end...too soon.
Do you ever do that? Are you writing along and realize the story is coming to an end but your book isn't long enough?
Or, conversely, you're writing along and realize your word count is done NOW but the story continues on.
I've done both, but what I've found is, my books grow on revision. When I'm done...and I'm revising as I go...but when I'm all the way done, that's when I can go through it and yes, look for typos and substantive edits...oops, I gave him blue eyes until chapter five, at which point they became hazel!!??...I am also looking for things that can add a lot of words to a story.
Humor and sarcasm.
Emotional reaction beats tacked onto dialogue.
Wrapping up the ending.
Mostly for me though it's scene setting...which seems to be a weakness of mine. Not that I don't think I do it okay, but it's not natural to me. I rarely describe what my characters are wearing or what their hair looks like.
It's not a Regency Romance you know. Most of my characters have ONE OUTFIT. Okay, maybe two. But why describe over and over the clothes when they're the same, especially the guys, but the women almost as much. Calico Dress? Hello? Stetson, black pants, six gun...everyone's got it pictured, don't they?
And sarcasm. Humor. I just keep adding and adding, sass, the reaction to the sass, sarcasm. I'm not sure why but the more times I go over it, the funnier it gets. So a lot of passes helps.
I tend to try harder now to give the characters a nice, real, moment at the end of my books. Show them living their happily ever after. And this current book, more than most, the end of a three book series, can use that, and that's not in there. So as I work through the book finding (over and over and OVER!!) places I wrote 'I'd' when I meant 'I've' or 'it's' when I meant 'it'd', stuff like that, (I do that so much!) And as many as I catch I let far too many of them through.
So that's the basic revisions.
But I'm also growing my book and hopefully making it richer, more visually colorful, setting the scenes better and making you all laugh a little more.
So this is a tiny lesson today. Not so much how to write anything. Just how I write things. How I've learned not to panic if the book starts ending on me too soon. It'll grow. Remain calm.
How about you? Do you write long or short? Do you like revisions or loathe them?
Do your books grow or do you find yourself cutting cutting cutting?
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And now I'm going to read through the blog post and revise it...and maybe it'll be 1000 words long when I'm done.