on Friday morning, I sent my second submission of the semester to my mentor. it contained the last twenty chapters of my book. what remains for me to do before my last deadline on may 14? one more massive round of revision.
some more chapters to draft, some to re-write
you might notice, if you look at the calendar above, that I still have some chapters to draft. this is from my last revisionary look at my thesis, which I wrote about in this post.
I did not go back and write the new chapters in earlier parts because I was on a deadline. and, as my goal is to work in sequence for each of the four parts of my novel, you will see that I have planned to draft the chapters i’m currently missing, and then revise chapters for that part before moving on to the next part.
part one will be my slowest, since there are still sections in third-person pov. because of this, i’m giving those chapters more time for revision, since in some cases, this means not only changing to first-person pov, but also changing the age of my protagonist since I decided to make her a little older toward the end of last semester.
I spent a large portion of my work today on processing feedback on the earliest chapters of my book, which I received from my mentor last semester. you can see on the calendar that i’ve added another day for processing feedback on April 28.
while I will read and think about my mentor’s feedback for the last 20 chapters before then, that’s the day I will take the notes and decide how i’m going to implement his suggestions.
for example, today there was one scene which he’d said would benefit from a certain type of tension…but I had to decide how I wanted it to play out. now, when I get to that scene later this week, i’ll know exactly what I want to do because i’ve already marked my scrivener file with that choice.
the final read-through and final thoughts
i’m scheduling a little more than a week for this since there will probably be over 300 pages…and I don’t want to just breeze through this. This will be when I proofread, but more than that, it will be an opportunity to ensure that the necessary connections are made from beginning to end.
once that’s finished, it’ll be time to ship the manuscript out to both my mentor and my second reader for the may 14 deadline, just over six weeks from now.
at that point, I will work on something else (I have so many writing projects on the proverbial back burner right now) to distract myself while they read my manuscript to determine if it’s earned me an mfa…and to take a break from my book so when I come back to it in July, I will be refreshed.