I’m happy to say my second draft is underway!
Two days ago I finally was feeling well enough to start working on my second draft. My computer crash yesterday meant I didn’t work on it, but now I’m up and running on my new laptop (thanks for all the advice on backing up stuff, storage etc!) I was able to be back at it today.
It wasn’t really as bad as I thought it would be…until I get to a section where it says "add" or a large chunk that is outlined and says "rewrite". But, I seem to be progressing nicely.
Since this is the first full novel I’ve written since I was nine…I’m new to all this, but know I work best with deadlines. I’ve chosen a couple of days before we go to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker on July 4th as my deadline. That way I can get it to my wonderful readers, www.dianarowland.com and www.jeannieholmes.com/ (I’m so lucky) to look at while I’m enjoying Sin City!
I’m not sure if that’s a realistic goal, it means about three chapters per day. So far so good, and maybe I’ll be able to do a lot more. When I was writing the first draft, I started out with a goal of 500 words per day, realized I could do much more and upped it to 1000 per day. I was reaching 1500 wds per day without too much effort, so I switched my goal to 1500, and often went as high as 2000. Maybe the same thing will happen with the pace of the second draft?? Maybe?? I can hope…..
Thanks again for the computer tips, I have, without a doubt, learned my lesson.