Writing Journal, 8.19.2018: Staying the same, but I met a goal this week

OK, it’s time for listing what happened this week, and what happened was:

+350 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 5 out of 7 for 210 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 5 out of 7 days.

So, not horrific, but on the face of it, not ambitious.

However, I did meet the goal that I set out for myself last week. I finished the third revision of my Work In Progress (WIP), The American Nine. I made my main character a bit more unsure of himself, and things a little harder than what he expected in his climb to success. I was following the advice of my beta readers on that score. And, I managed to slice enough words from the WIP so that a 97,000+-word manuscript is now 92,000-plus words. I love cutting my manuscript down to size.

So, what’s next on the agenda? I wanted to get my manuscript finished to 3.0 status, and I believe that it is there. Now, I want to get it to 5.0 or even 6.0 status before I even entertain trying to mass query publishers regarding this manuscript. That means at least one more revision that tackles the style of the WIP and any additional information needed to make it work. Then, obviously, it would require a full proofreading edit.

I also need to check in with my publisher regarding The Holy Fool so that I can eventually offer you something to read for a decent price. I want that to happen this year, and that is my ambition. More information on that later.

That’s all for now; I’ll write more later.

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