Monday, November 16, 2009

This is the plan

I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of November. You can see over on my wordmeter I’m in spitting distance from the end. I’m not 3k away… but more like 6-8k. I think.

But even when I’ve typed ‘The End’ I won’t actually have finished the first draft because I’ve got an extra character, a subplot and a bit of business that needs to happen earlier, that need to be written into the first half of the book.

I also have my mentor notes to act upon.

When I wrote the first 60,000 words, I was receiving feedback from my mentor at TLC. When each report came back from her, I was frantically writing the next 10,000 words to send her. I would read her report but not go back into the text to change anything; partly because my head was now in the next section and partly because I needed to absorb and decide what to do about the feedback.

But. I have had an offer of a read through from someone (it would be stupid to decline) and they need to do this in January.

So. When I get to 'The End' my plans are to go straight back in to write in the new character, the new subplot and a structural change between a minor and the main character.

When that’s done I will let it rest. I will put it in a drawer, let my reader see it in Jan and then start on it again. This is the plan.

14 comments:

B said...

that sounds like a GOOD plan.

hope you enjoy the work that's left!

Amanda said...

Ooh, great plan JJ, good luck with it all x

SueG said...

Sounds good to me. And I know you'll do it. It will be interesting to hear what changes will come about once you get into this "subplot".

Carol said...

That sounds like a good, and more importantly, achievable plan!!

C x

Fia said...

Great plan and one I'm trying to follow myself. Just watch out for those pesky light bulb moments at 3am won't you? They drive me mad as I can never find the biro I put next to the bed.

Queenie said...

Yep, that sounds like an excellent and entirely achievable plan.

ChrisH said...

Well done, you sound very organised.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

The very best of luck with your plan, it sounds great to me. That's more or less what I'd planned myself, although I don't have anyone to read my draft as yet. But I've been very poorly recently and had to put it all on hold. I doubt it'll be finished by end of year now.

CJ xx

Sandra Ferguson said...

Great plan. I like how focused your are with each step building on the next. Wow!, can I get you to plan out my career? You have it down.

Debs said...

Great plan. I have one of those too.

HelenMHunt said...

Wow - you are so close now. Brilliant!

JJ Beattie said...

Oh crikey. I'm suddenly a bit flummoxed by my organisational skills!

Thank you all for your comments. I thought everyone might come back and say I should do it differently.

(What a wet, I am)

Captain Black said...

Look at that blinkin' word-o-meter; you're nearly there!

Angie said...

Wow, it's exciting that you're so close, AND you have a great offer for a reader. Sounds like a solid plan.
Cheering you on!
xx